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Jan 14, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Lyttle, Kahl mulled as new UPN executives
Los Angeles-Larry Lyttle, president of Paramount TV Group’s Big Ticket Entertainment, is being considered to replace Dean Valentine, the embattled UPN president who left the network on Friday, according to sources at sister network CBS. Mr. Lyttle, whose company produces “The Parkers” for UPN, is said to be personally close to CBS President Leslie Moonves, who has added UPN to his responsibilities. Also, CBS Executive VP of Program Planning and Scheduling Kelly Kahl is said to be under consideration for the top programming job at UPN, according to the sources. Furthermore, Paramount’s Joel Berman and Gary Hart are reportedly in for promotions; Mr. Berman to head up TV distribution and Mr. Hart to head up TV production. Mr. Berman is currently president of the studio’s syndication unit, Paramount Domestic TV. Mr. Hart is currently president of Paramount Network Television. Mr. Valentine left UPN without having yet settled his $22 million lawsuit for bonuses he claims are due him.
Trade groups to produce joint conferences
New York-The Radio-Television News Directors Association and the National Association of Broadcasters made it official Friday-they are linking up in April in Las Vegas in hopes that overlapping conventions will be mean bigger attendance for both.
In addition, the NBC Affiliates Board has voted to hold its annual conference in tandem with the TVB annual marketing conference March 26 in New York City.
Beside the NBC confab, major station groups that will be holding meetings during the conference include ABC’s owned-and-operated stations, NBC’s O&Os, Hearst-Argyle Television, LIN Television, Nexstar Broadcasting and Tribune Broadcasting.