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Aug 26, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Harris exiting Sony
Los Angeles-Sony Pictures Entertainment is preparing to announce the departure of Mel Harris, 60, as president and chief operating officer when his contract expires next month. His duties and areas of command, which include television production and distribution, will be divided among a realigned inner circle of executives under SPE Chairman and CEO John Calley. They will include Amy Pascal, chairman of Columbia Pictures; Jeff Blake, president Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures Group worldwide marketing and distribution; and Yair Landau, SPE executive VP and president of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment. Mr. Calley, 71, has requested a two-year extension of his contract, which is set to expire next spring.
WABC producer dies
New York-Glenn Steinfast, an Emmy-winning producer known for entertainment and special projects at WABC-TV in New York since 1988, died Thursday after a heart attack. He was 45 and leaves a wife and two sons. “Glenn was the Rembrandt, the Van Gogh, the Picasso of this newsroom,” said WABC News Director Kenny Plotnik. While he had produced hard-edged specials, such as the Aug. 17 program featuring rare access to Cuba’s strategic hurricane plans, he was best known for his numerous projects with movie and theater critic Joel Siegel.
`Folks’ earns extension
Los Angeles-NBC has ordered eight more episodes of the hit summer reality series “Meet My Folks” from Nash Entertainment and NBC Studios. An NBC spokeswoman said the network is still determining whether the new order for “Meet My Folks” will be scheduled for a midseason 2003 or summer 2003 placement.