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March 18, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Stephen Chao, who created the hit Fox TV show "Studs" and then was sacked by Rupert Murdoch for hiring a male model to disrobe at a company management conference last year, has been rehired by Fox--this time as a movie producer. Chao will develop low-budget movies and look for ways to make films "outside the system," according to one studio source. Under the agreement, Fox will distribute his efforts.
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July 12, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After making a small splash in the independent film market with their 1995 feature "The Grave," twin brothers Josh and Jonas Pate currently find themselves cranking out episodic television--namely, the cop/science-fiction hybrid "GvsE," set to debut Sunday on the USA Network.
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BUSINESS
June 22, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen Chao, who only eight weeks ago was named president of Fox Television Stations, was summarily fired by Rupert Murdoch over the weekend after he hired a male model to strip in front of company executives and others during a management conference in Aspen, Colo. Chao, 36, was giving a speech on censorship and television to a roomful of managers from Murdoch's News Corp., Fox's parent company, when to illustrate a point he had a model come out on stage and remove his clothes.
NEWS
July 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA has found a formula that has made its series click with viewers: Take a one-hour drama, add attractive stars, plenty of action, colorful locales and mix with a dash of sex. The recipe has paid off handsomely for the cable network's Sunday evening lineup of "Pacific Blue," "Silk Stalkings" and the slick thriller, "La Femme Nikita." In fact, the detective series "Silk Stalkings" will be celebrating its eighth season and "Pacific Blue" its fourth season next Sunday.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Stephen Chao, who has studied up on Plato and played up studs, will be president of Fox's budding news division. After studying classics at Harvard, Chao, 36, worked as a reporter for the National Enquirer and created the TV show "Studs." He also developed such tabloid shows for Fox as "America's Most Wanted" and "Cops." Chao's appointment is aimed at jump-starting the Fox News Service, which has yet to advance beyond the planning stage.
BUSINESS
July 19, 1993 | From Reuters
Barry Diller, who created the Fox network and is now part owner and chairman of the QVC shopping network, has recruited former Fox Television executive Stephen Chao to help develop Best TV, a fifth network, according to a report in Newsweek magazine. Citing sources, Newsweek said in its latest issue that Chao will join the organization next month. Chao, described by Newsweek as a Diller protege, left Fox after reportedly offending News Corp.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1998 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc. said Stephen Brenner and Stephen Chao were appointed co-presidents to serve during Chairman and Chief Executive Kay Koplovitz's departure from the company she founded. Brenner, who has been with New York-based USA Networks for 16 years, was named president of operations, overseeing advertising sales, affiliate relations, finance and administration. Chao, an independent producer and a former executive at News Corp.'s Fox network, is president of programming and marketing.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Stephen Chao was in charge of developing shows for the Fox television stations in the early '90s, he once so enraged his boss Barry Diller that Diller hurled a videocassette tape across the room, leaving a huge gash in the wall. The two executives didn't speak for months, but Chao survived the blowup--and was even promoted months later.
NEWS
June 23, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If anyone personified Tabloid TV, it was Stephen Chao. Chao had a history of thumbing his nose at convention. The former National Enquirer reporter was the chief architect of such Fox Network shows as "Cops" and "Studs," which stretched the limits of taste in television. The shows helped turn Fox into a challenger to the big three networks, and established Chao, 36, as a programming boy wonder.
NEWS
July 19, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USA has found a formula that has made its series click with viewers: Take a one-hour drama, add attractive stars, plenty of action, colorful locales and mix with a dash of sex. The recipe has paid off handsomely for the cable network's Sunday evening lineup of "Pacific Blue," "Silk Stalkings" and the slick thriller, "La Femme Nikita." In fact, the detective series "Silk Stalkings" will be celebrating its eighth season and "Pacific Blue" its fourth season next Sunday.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Stephen Chao was in charge of developing shows for the Fox television stations in the early '90s, he once so enraged his boss Barry Diller that Diller hurled a videocassette tape across the room, leaving a huge gash in the wall. The two executives didn't speak for months, but Chao survived the blowup--and was even promoted months later.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1998 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc. said Stephen Brenner and Stephen Chao were appointed co-presidents to serve during Chairman and Chief Executive Kay Koplovitz's departure from the company she founded. Brenner, who has been with New York-based USA Networks for 16 years, was named president of operations, overseeing advertising sales, affiliate relations, finance and administration. Chao, an independent producer and a former executive at News Corp.'s Fox network, is president of programming and marketing.
BUSINESS
July 19, 1993 | From Reuters
Barry Diller, who created the Fox network and is now part owner and chairman of the QVC shopping network, has recruited former Fox Television executive Stephen Chao to help develop Best TV, a fifth network, according to a report in Newsweek magazine. Citing sources, Newsweek said in its latest issue that Chao will join the organization next month. Chao, described by Newsweek as a Diller protege, left Fox after reportedly offending News Corp.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Stephen Chao, who created the hit Fox TV show "Studs" and then was sacked by Rupert Murdoch for hiring a male model to disrobe at a company management conference last year, has been rehired by Fox--this time as a movie producer. Chao will develop low-budget movies and look for ways to make films "outside the system," according to one studio source. Under the agreement, Fox will distribute his efforts.
NEWS
June 23, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If anyone personified Tabloid TV, it was Stephen Chao. Chao had a history of thumbing his nose at convention. The former National Enquirer reporter was the chief architect of such Fox Network shows as "Cops" and "Studs," which stretched the limits of taste in television. The shows helped turn Fox into a challenger to the big three networks, and established Chao, 36, as a programming boy wonder.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen Chao, who only eight weeks ago was named president of Fox Television Stations, was summarily fired by Rupert Murdoch over the weekend after he hired a male model to strip in front of company executives and others during a management conference in Aspen, Colo. Chao, 36, was giving a speech on censorship and television to a roomful of managers from Murdoch's News Corp., Fox's parent company, when to illustrate a point he had a model come out on stage and remove his clothes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After making a small splash in the independent film market with their 1995 feature "The Grave," twin brothers Josh and Jonas Pate currently find themselves cranking out episodic television--namely, the cop/science-fiction hybrid "GvsE," set to debut Sunday on the USA Network.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2001 | Bloomberg News
USA Networks Inc. said Stephen Chao will resign as president of the media company's cable-television unit, which will be folded into the new TV and film-production division. Chao, head of USA Cable since March 2000, oversaw the company's biggest cable-TV channels--USA Network and Sci Fi Channel--and its developing networks. A USA Networks spokeswoman said she didn't know Chao's plans or when he will leave. USA Entertainment, a new unit formed in July, will assume USA Cable's operations.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1992 | JOHN LIPPMAN
Stephen Chao, who has studied up on Plato and played up studs, will be president of Fox's budding news division. After studying classics at Harvard, Chao, 36, worked as a reporter for the National Enquirer and created the TV show "Studs." He also developed such tabloid shows for Fox as "America's Most Wanted" and "Cops." Chao's appointment is aimed at jump-starting the Fox News Service, which has yet to advance beyond the planning stage.
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