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November 22, 1997 | MARLA MATZER
Two days after Universal Television confirmed that Chairman Greg Meidel was leaving the company in the wake of its $4.1-billion deal with Barry Diller, it was announced Meidel would stay. Universal issued a one-line release stating that Meidel had signed a multiyear agreement with USA Networks Inc., the newly named Diller-Universal television operation. Meidel, 43, joined Universal two years ago.
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November 12, 2013 | By Joe Flint
NBC should listen to Angela Lansbury. The actress is not thrilled that the network is planning to make a new version of "Murder, She Wrote," the long-running CBS drama that she starred in about a mystery writer who becomes a real-life detective of sorts. "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,'" Lansbury told the Associated Press when asked about NBC's plans. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Of course, the only reason NBC is remaking the show is that it thinks the name "Murder, She Wrote" still has some value.
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May 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Former MTV programming chief David Janollari has signed a production deal with NBC's Universal Television unit. The pact reunites Janollari with former producing partner Bob Greenblatt, who is chairman of NBC Entertainment and has oversight over Universal Television. The duo ran their own company for several years, and their credits included HBO's "Six Feet Under. " "We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership, and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” Greenblatt said in a statement.
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October 31, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Tina Fey is about to go into bossy-pants mode (again) for NBC. The peacock network has ordered straight-to-series 13 episodes of a new untitled comedy from Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock that will star "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper. (Yep, you're reading correctly: Fey will be behind the camera on this one.) The single-camera comedy is to debut next fall and will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes  a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. “We have been lucky enough to work at NBC for our entire careers (except when Robert worked at 'The Dana Carvey Show,' now available on DVD)
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November 20, 1997 | BRIAN LOWRY
The chairman of Universal Television is leaving the company, marking the first major change since media mogul Barry Diller agreed to acquire the Seagram Co. division last month. The studio confirmed that Greg Meidel, who joined the studio as chairman of its TV operations two years ago, has been "unable to come to an agreement" with Diller and won't join the new company forged by Universal and Diller's Home Shopping Network named USA Networks Inc.
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July 24, 1986
Barbara Romen was named vice president-comedy programs of Universal Television, Universal City.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Landis Lands at Universal TV: Film director John Landis has signed an exclusive production contract with Universal Television to develop series, movies and miniseries. Landis, who is currently producing HBO's "Dream On," also has signed with CBS to make a pilot spun from the Thorne Smith novel, "Topper."
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August 27, 1998 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six months after selling its in-house television production assets to Barry Diller, Universal Studios is considering jumping back into the business through its partnership with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Sources say Universal is negotiating to buy out Brad Grey, chief of the independent television production company, which produces such series as NBC's "Just Shoot Me" and "NewsRadio" as well as ABC's "Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher."
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August 9, 2013 | By Joe Flint
"I think it's time for ESPN to get a little competition, don't you?" That tough talk is coming from an unlikely source - 81-year-old Regis Philbin. The former daytime television talk show host and David Letterman foil is one of the faces of Fox Sports 1, the cable network launching Saturday that is the latest David looking to knock off ESPN's Goliath. Given that Philbin is more accustomed to speaking to housewives and is more than twice as old as the viewers Fox Sports 1 is hoping to attract, his hiring seems unusual to say the least.
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July 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Tivli, a Boston start-up that provides an Internet TV service for university students, has closed a $6.3 million round of funding to fuel its expansion to more campuses. Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates led the Series A financing round, joined by Felicis Ventures and Rho Ventures, Tivli said Wednesday. Tivli gives students access to live and on-demand television through Internet-connected devices, including smartphones and tablets.  This comes as cord-cutting , in which people choose to give up traditional TV subscriptions, becomes an increasing concern for pay-TV companies.
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May 22, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Former MTV programming chief David Janollari has signed a production deal with NBC's Universal Television unit. The pact reunites Janollari with former producing partner Bob Greenblatt, who is chairman of NBC Entertainment and has oversight over Universal Television. The duo ran their own company for several years, and their credits included HBO's "Six Feet Under. " "We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership, and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process,” Greenblatt said in a statement.
BUSINESS
August 3, 2009 | Meg James
Not long ago, Jeff Gaspin was known inside NBC Universal as a "man without a country." The executive floated from job to job, collecting clunky titles such as executive vice president for alternative series, longform, specials and program strategy. No one can say that now. Last week, the man without a country gained an empire as the reserved 48-year-old executive was thrust into the No. 2 job at NBC Universal, directly under Chief Executive Jeff Zucker.
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July 28, 2009 | Meg James
One of Hollywood's juiciest television dramas came to a close Monday when NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman said he was leaving the network after two tumultuous years. In the end, NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker's big gamble to hand over the keys to NBC's storied legacy to an aggressive young television producer who vowed to revolutionize the network backfired.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2005 | Meg James
Veteran NBC programming executive Angela Bromstad has been named president of NBC Universal Television Studio, the General Electric Co. unit announced this week. For the last year, Bromstad served as co-president with David Kissinger as the two merged NBC's studio with Universal's larger operation after NBC's acquisition of Vivendi Universal's entertainment properties.
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April 23, 2004 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
First, there were two experienced executives vying to become head of syndication for the soon-to-be merged NBC and Universal Television units. On Thursday, there was none. Ed Wilson, the president of NBC Enterprises and Syndication, resigned. He had been the front-runner for the job of heading up TV distribution and sales for NBC and Universal Television once they integrate next month.
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June 8, 2003 | Richard Verrier and Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writers
At a gathering of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society in Beverly Hills several weeks ago, Universal Television Group chief Michael Jackson stood out in more ways than one. It wasn't just the British accent or the quirky purple striped socks he was wearing in a sea of Armani suits, but his unconventional praise for "reality" TV.
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