August 24, 1999 |
Continuing the push by television networks to supply more of their own programming, NBC has hired former ABC Entertainment chief Ted Harbert as president of its production arm, NBC Studios. Harbert--who has spent the last 2 1/2 years in a production deal at DreamWorks SKG working on the ABC comedy "It's Like, You Know . . . "--will oversee not only production of prime-time programs but also those made for late night, daytime and the youth market.
February 19, 1997 |
A few days after officially concluding his 20-year tenure at ABC, former entertainment chairman Ted Harbert is entering into a production deal with DreamWorks SKG.
January 9, 1997
There is "no present plan" to replace ABC Entertainment Chairman Ted Harbert, network President David Westin told reporters at a Pasadena media conference on new TV shows Wednesday, a day after the 20-year ABC veteran tendered his resignation. Westin said the staff has already been revised substantially under entertainment President Jamie Tarses since she joined the division last summer. Industry speculation is that if Harbert isn't replaced, ABC will at least need to recruit a strong No.
January 8, 1997 |
ABC Entertainment Chairman Ted Harbert resigned Tuesday, ending 20 years at the network where he had spent his entire career. The resignation is the most significant executive shift at the network since it was acquired by Walt Disney Co. in February. It leaves in charge a relatively inexperienced network head, Jamie Tarses, 32, who became president of ABC Entertainment last summer amid a slide in prime-time ratings.
June 21, 1996 |
ABC began a new chapter in one of the television industry's most-watched executive sagas Thursday, announcing the appointment of 32-year-old Jamie Tarses as president of its entertainment division. Tarses, a former top NBC executive, becomes the first woman ever to hold that position at one of the major networks, overseeing all of ABC's prime-time programming. After lengthy negotiations, ABC also kept current programming chief Ted Harbert, who was promoted to chairman of ABC Entertainment.
February 16, 1996 |
Let's set the record straight about who passed up the hot TV show "3rd Rock From the Sun" and why. ABC failed to lock up the comedy about aliens come to Earth when it had the exclusive chance last spring. And it ultimately lost the series to NBC because of a guaranteed time slot that tied its hands to a show called "Champs," which turned out to be a dud, from its partner DreamWorks SKG. How the show landed on NBC's Tuesday night schedule has been a heated topic in Hollywood for several weeks.