July 1, 1991 |
In only its second year of operation, TNT this year won six ACE Awards, cable television's highest honor, including best original cable movie of the year. TNT is also the home of both NFL and NBA games. But what has really given the cable channel an air of legitimacy in Hollywood is the Sunset Boulevard billboard that hypes its original movies alongside huge ads trumpeting the recent offerings from Universal, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros.
October 27, 1998 |
NBC unveiled a succession plan for its entertainment division Monday, naming Scott Sassa president of NBC Entertainment and the eventual replacement for Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC West Coast, who will oversee the transition to new management until his contract expires at the end of next year.
August 20, 1993 |
Soon after Ted Turner nabbed New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment this week, his right-hand man in Hollywood hit the phones. Scott Sassa arranged for meetings with many of the top executives in town, presumably to discuss a future that's been clouded by the $650-million acquisitions.
October 24, 1996 |
Former Turner Exec to Head Marvel: Marvel Entertainment Group Inc., as expected, named Scott Sassa, formerly head of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s entertainment unit, its chairman and chief executive. Sassa also was named president and chief operating officer of Andrews Group Inc., the unit of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. that owns 81% of Marvel.
March 27, 2013 |
One of the longest-serving chief executives in the media industry is stepping down. Frank A. Bennack Jr., chief executive of Hearst Corp. since 1979, will give up that title in June. Steven Swartz, currently president and chief operating officer, will become CEO. Bennack will remain vice chairman of the Hearst Board. Although best known for its magazine unit, which includes Cosmopolitan and Esquire, Hearst also has a major presence in the TV industry. It owns stakes in several powerful cable networks including ESPN, A&E, History and Lifetime.
March 11, 1997 |
After less than six months on the job, Scott Sassa is expected to leave as chairman of Marvel Entertainment Group to take an expanded role at Ronald Perelman's holding company, MacAndrews & Forbes, according to Hollywood sources. Sassa took the helm of the troubled comic book company after leaving Turner Broadcasting System Inc. in a management shake-up last September. Within weeks, Marvel, which is 80%-controlled by Perelman, filed for bankruptcy protection.