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Nov 11, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Aaron Kaplan and Greg Lipstone have been named co-heads of network television at the William Morris Agency, where they will join the leadership team of William Morris Television along with Sam Haskell, executive VP and worldwide head of TV, and Mark Itkin, worldwide head of syndication, cable and nonfiction programming. They will report to Mr. Haskell. Before his promotion Mr. Kaplan was senior VP, responsible for packaging and staffing writers, directors and actors for series television. Mr. Lipstone was senior VP and head of network packaging and creative development for the TV division, with the responsibility of coordinating network television packaging, including comedy, drama and reality programming, as well as specializing in William Morris’ international TV business.
Chabin returns to Promax & BDA
Former Promax & BDA President and CEO Jim Chabin has rejoined the organization as CEO, with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the dual association, effective immediately. Mr. Chabin first served as president and CEO of Promax’s earlier incarnation, the Broadcast Promotion and Marketing Executives Association (BPME), in 1992. He initiated the organization’s name change to Promax in an effort to expand its focus beyond traditional broadcast. He rejoins Promax & BDA from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where he served as president beginning in 1999.
Glynn Brailsford, who previously held the post of president and CEO, has been assigned to the newly created role of chief creative officer, reporting to Mr. Chabin. In this capacity, Mr. Brailsford will work with Mr. Chabin and the Promax & BDA board on creative issues and initiatives with regard to producing the association’s worldwide events and creative programs.
Mr. Chabin announced that planning is currently under way for the expansion of the association’s highly successful “Ratings Roadshow,” which was introduced in July and featured a series of one-day workshops in four major television markets. In addition, he confirmed that next year’s international Promax & BDA conference will take place June 4 to 6 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in downtown Los Angeles.
Bochco producing `Marriage’ for HBO
Steven Bochco is producing a series for HBO focusing on the trials of a married couple. The dramatic series, titled “Marriage,” will begin shooting next year with a 13-episode commitment from HBO. The series has not yet been cast but is targeted for a 2004 debut. The new series is set in New York City, with its entire narrative action taking place in one married couple’s bedroom, bathroom and closet, according to the network. Mr. Bochco and Alison Cross are “Marriage’s” co-creators, writers and executive producers.
Comedy Central goes legit
Comedy Central is going legit in Los Angeles, unveiling a plan to use the Hudson Theater in Hollywood as a laboratory for developing new projects and talent. Comedy Central Stage, as it will be called, will develop reality and scripted series, specials and stand-up showcases, alternative shows, talk shows and game shows. The project, announced by Lauren Corrao, senior VP, original programming and development, gets under way next month under the aegis of Gary Mann, who will serve as executive producer and oversee production and development.
Four MTV programming execs promoted
Four programming executives have been promoted at MTV. Tom Calderone is promoted to executive VP, music and talent programming, MTV & MTV2; Lois Curren takes over as executive VP, series and movie development, MTV; John Miller moves up to executive VP, series and animation, MTV; and Dave Sirulnick will take on additional programming responsibilities in his current role as executive VP, news and production, MTV. All four will continue to report to Brian Graden, president of entertainment for MTV and VH1.