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Askin Leaving Tribune Entertainment

May 5, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Dick Askin, president and CEO of Tribune Entertainment, is leaving the company effective May 17, Tribune announced Friday.

Following Mr. Askin’s departure, John Reardon, president and CEO of Tribune Broadcasting, will oversee Tribune Entertainment.

Mr. Askin, who also serves as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, oversaw development, production and distribution activities for Tribune, including the off-cable syndication run for Comedy Central’s “South Park,” the DreamWorks SKG film library and this fall’s off-network weekend series “American Idol Rewind.” In addition, he was responsible for the Tribune Studios in Hollywood.

Previously, Mr. Askin was president of Samuel Goldwyn Television. He also held executive positions at Fries Entertainment, WNBC-TV in New York and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Beyond his chairmanship of the academy, he serves as a trustee of the American Film Institute, is on the board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society and is a trustee of the Entertainment Industry Council.

“I realized in the last few months that I had taken the job as far as it could go and it was time to explore the next phase of my life,” Mr. Askin said in a press release.