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June 25, 1990 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They used to throw baseballs as well as ideas around Steve Friedman's office during his heyday on the "Today" show. Friedman, a rotund, funny pooh-bah of an executive producer, would use a baseball bat as a gavel, banging it against a heating vent above his head to make a point or to call a meeting to disorder.
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March 2, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT
The fate of the new, still-struggling "USA Today on TV" may depend on how it did in the February ratings sweeps that ended Wednesday, although its demise doesn't seem imminent. That was the word Wednesday from Steve Friedman, creator and the first executive producer of the syndicated news series that was revamped and retitled in mid-season after its much-criticized start last September. What will happen now, Friedman said, is that the stations carrying the half-hour program will study the Feb.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is an unhappy silence these days at the Culver Studios, where Grant Tinker still occupies a corner office on the second floor. The leafy 17-acre lot is as motionless as a college campus on summer break. High above, on one of the hangar-size studio buildings, is emblazoned in 10-foot letters "GTG Entertainment," which stands for Grant Tinker Gannett, the partners in Tinker's now defunct production company.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1990 | JOHN LIPPMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is an unhappy silence these days at the Culver Studios, where Grant Tinker still occupies a corner office on the second floor. The leafy 17-acre lot is as motionless as a college campus on summer break. High above, on one of the hangar-size studio buildings, is emblazoned in 10-foot letters "GTG Entertainment," which stands for Grant Tinker Gannett, the partners in Tinker's now defunct production company.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1990 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They used to throw baseballs as well as ideas around Steve Friedman's office during his heyday on the "Today" show. Friedman, a rotund, funny pooh-bah of an executive producer, would use a baseball bat as a gavel, banging it against a heating vent above his head to make a point or to call a meeting to disorder.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1989 | JEFF KAYE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"USA Today on TV," which once billed itself as TV of the future, is now a thing of the past. GTG Entertainment, the production company created by former NBC Chairman Grant Tinker and the Gannett Co., pulled the plug on Thanksgiving Eve after a rocky year and two months that saw the syndicated program lambasted by critics, ignored by viewers and dropped by stations. The last segment is scheduled for Jan. 8.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 24, 1989 | JEFF KAYE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"USA Today on TV," which once billed itself as TV of the future, is now a thing of the past. GTG Entertainment, the production company created by former NBC Chairman Grant Tinker and the Gannett Co., pulled the plug on Thanksgiving Eve after a rocky year and two months that saw the syndicated program lambasted by critics, ignored by viewers and dropped by stations. The last segment is scheduled for Jan. 8.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT
The fate of the new, still-struggling "USA Today on TV" may depend on how it did in the February ratings sweeps that ended Wednesday, although its demise doesn't seem imminent. That was the word Wednesday from Steve Friedman, creator and the first executive producer of the syndicated news series that was revamped and retitled in mid-season after its much-criticized start last September. What will happen now, Friedman said, is that the stations carrying the half-hour program will study the Feb.
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