Former Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly is back in talks with Turner Broadcasting, after executives there broke off negotiations a few weeks ago, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
“I hear that Turner Broadcasting President David Levy’s string of meetings last week with prospective candidates to succeed Steve Koonin included a sit-down with Reilly,” Andreeva writes. “There hasn’t been anyone else to emerge as a serious alternative for the post in the past two weeks, though there had been a few names thrown in the mix, including former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin.”
The story adds: “I hear Reilly explored some possibilities in the digital space before rekindling his interest in the Turner double vacancy. The company has not replaced longtime Turner Entertainment Networks President Koonin, who left in April, and TNT and TBS President of Programming Michael Wright, who departed at end of August. I hear Turner Broadcasting had been looking for an executive to essentially handle both jobs (some of Koonan’s responsibilities had been transferred to Levy some time ago.)”
One sticking point has been the reporting structure, with the new hire slated to report to Levy, although the article says that the two sides are working on a compromise.
“According to multiple sources, Reilly and Turner might have a deal in sight, though they were in the same position a couple of weeks ago before talks went south,” Andreeva notes.