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June 11, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
Stephen McPherson has been named executive vice president of network television at the Walt Disney Co., taking the No. 2 seat below Lloyd Braun, chairman of Buena Vista Television Productions. McPherson, 33, previously was vice president of prime-time series at NBC, where he helped oversee the development and production of such programs as "Just Shoot Me" and "NewsRadio," two comedies produced by Braun's previous employer, Brillstein/Grey Entertainment.
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June 4, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The new president of ABC prime-time entertainment and the television press corps will always have Paris. Steve McPherson, the former head of Disney's Touchstone Television Studios who was named president of ABC Entertainment in April, will conduct his first confab with journalists gathered in Century City for the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour via satellite from Paris -- where he will be spending his honeymoon next month.
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June 4, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The new president of ABC prime-time entertainment and the television press corps will always have Paris. Steve McPherson, the former head of Disney's Touchstone Television Studios who was named president of ABC Entertainment in April, will conduct his first confab with journalists gathered in Century City for the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour via satellite from Paris -- where he will be spending his honeymoon next month.
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April 22, 2004 | Meg James and Scott Collins, Times Staff Writers
Stephen McPherson's first job in Hollywood was as a driver for a television production executive. Now, more than a decade later, he's in the driver's seat again -- this time as president of prime time for Walt Disney Co.'s banged-up ABC network. McPherson's ascent through the harsh world of TV politics speaks loudly to two of his distinguishing qualities: his creativity and compet- itiveness.
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April 22, 2004 | Meg James and Scott Collins, Times Staff Writers
Stephen McPherson's first job in Hollywood was as a driver for a television production executive. Now, more than a decade later, he's in the driver's seat again -- this time as president of prime time for Walt Disney Co.'s banged-up ABC network. McPherson's ascent through the harsh world of TV politics speaks loudly to two of his distinguishing qualities: his creativity and compet- itiveness.
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October 1, 2004 | Scott Collins
"Wife Swap," ABC's "reality" series about women who temporarily switch families, opened to strong ratings Wednesday, knocking NBC's venerable "Law & Order" to an unusual third-place finish in the advertiser-friendly young-adults category. NBC's legal drama, now in its 15th season, has long dominated the 10 p.m. hour, but last week CBS scored a crucial premiere-week victory with "CSI: NY," a spinoff of its hit "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." On Wednesday, "CSI: NY" won again (19.
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May 19, 2007
GEORGE LOPEZ is not the only one upset ["George Lopez Lashes Out at ABC," by Maria Elena Fernandez, May 15]! This is truly outrageous! [ABC executive Stephen] McPherson has demonstrated genuine "caveman" qualities: disrespectful, dishonest, unappreciative and a super tonto baboso! I am so upset that an intelligent, sensitive and creative comedy show that reflected my reality is now biting the dust. REBECCA HERNANDEZ Los Angeles HERE is my message to George Lopez: Stop encouraging the racial divide, have pride and be happy that your show lasted five years, far longer than most.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Co. has lured Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins -- producers of the WB network's No. 1 show, "Smallville," as well as the movies "Varsity Blues" and "Big Fat Liar" -- to its Touchstone Television studio, the companies announced Thursday. Terms of the two-year TV agreement were not disclosed, although Touchstone will share with Tollin/Robbins Productions any profits from shows created during that time. The deal has an additional two-year option.
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November 27, 1988 | PAT H. BROESKE
So you want to check in on the folks/aliens you met in "Cocoon." Question is: Which sequel should you catch? True, there's 20th Century Fox's just-out screen sequel, "Cocoon: The Return," which marks the feature screenwriting debut of TV writers Stephen McPherson and Elizabeth Bradley. But there's also the just-on-the-stands paperback novel "Metamorphosis." By David Saperstein (from Jove Books), it's the middle of a trilogy that was initiated by Saperstein's best-selling novel, "Cocoon."
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June 11, 1998 | A Times Staff Writer
Stephen McPherson has been named executive vice president of network television at the Walt Disney Co., taking the No. 2 seat below Lloyd Braun, chairman of Buena Vista Television Productions. McPherson, 33, previously was vice president of prime-time series at NBC, where he helped oversee the development and production of such programs as "Just Shoot Me" and "NewsRadio," two comedies produced by Braun's previous employer, Brillstein/Grey Entertainment.
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December 16, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
TV producers are headed to court again over a "copycat" reality show. RDF Media Ltd., the British producer of ABC's program "Wife Swap," sued Fox on Wednesday, claiming Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "Trading Spouses" is a "blatant and wholesale copycat" of their show. Both series detail the experiences of real-life women who temporarily switch families. RDF claims that Fox decided to rip off its idea after "Wife Swap" became a hit in Britain and was sold to ABC.
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July 13, 2004 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
The reality TV copycat wars escalated Monday when ABC executives sharply criticized Fox for its aggressive programming of shows similar to those underway at rival networks. ABC Primetime President Stephen McPherson said writers and developers should be wary of showing ideas to Fox. "They will steal it, plain and simple," he said in a videocast from Paris to the Television Critics Assn. meeting in Century City.
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