Six insiders representing various segments of the industry put their heads together to help TelevisionWeek select the 10 Most Bankable Stars for 2007. Here’s a look at this year’s panel of syndication experts.
Bill Carroll is VP and director of programming for the Katz Television Group. In that role, he is responsible for a department including programmers and researchers who consult with a client list of more than 350 broadcast stations. He personally advises stations in Eagle Television Sales, Continental Television Sales and Millennium Sales and Marketing.
His extensive programming experience includes 14 years with WHEC-TV, Rochester, N.Y., where he held the positions of assistant VP for program services, program director, program manager and associate programming director. Mr. Carroll also oversaw production and promotion for the station.
Jim Chabin is president and CEO of Promax/BDA and president and CEO of AEIM. At Promax/BDA he oversees all aspects of the world’s largest association of electronic media promotion, marketing and design professionals. He returned to the organization in November 2002, after having previously served as its president and CEO from 1992 to 1999.
Mr. Chabin’s 30-year broadcasting career has included positions at the CBS Television Stations marketing department and KCBS-TV/Channel 2 (Los Angeles). He has also served as VP of national promotions for E! Entertainment Television and has held management positions at radio stations in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Chabin is also an associate board member of the International Emmy Council, and a former officer of the California Broadcasters Association.
Ritch Colbert, co-founder of Program Partners, is an industry veteran with a proven first-run track record who has created and led several entertainment ventures. His career spans more than 20 years in television syndication, where he has directed efforts to develop, launch and distribute off-network series, feature films, movies made for television and original programs.
Mr. Colbert held senior executive positions at Orion Pictures, Colbert Television Sales, Access Entertainment, TPE and ITC Entertainment Group, where he marketed a variety of programs to television stations, cable networks and international broadcasters, including “Tic Tac Dough,” “Jokers Wild,” “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” “Star Search,” “Motorweek,” “George Michael Sports Machine” and hundreds of movie titles.
George Gray hosts HGTV’s prime-time series “What’s With That House?” He also created and produced “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” A&E’s upcoming sketch-comedy special, which stars Mr. Gray and “Cheers” funny man George Wendt. Mr. Gray has hosted NBC’s “Weakest Link,” “$25 Million-Dollar Hoax” and “National Lampoon’s Greek Games” on GSN. Earlier, he hosted “Junkyard Wars” (The Learning Channel), for which he shared a 2001 Primetime Emmy Award nomination (outstanding non-fiction program). His additional television credits include ESPN’s sports fantasy reality TV series “I’d Do Anything,” GSN’s “Extreme Gong” and TNT’s “Movies for Guys Who Like Movies.”
Lance Klein is an agent in the Alternative Television Department at The Endeavor Agency. His practice is focused on network reality, cable, syndication and the international TV marketplace. Mr. Klein has packaged series for networks ranging from ABC and NBC to A&E and MTV. Mr. Klein also renegotiated one of the largest original production deals ever in cable for the UFC at Spike.
Prior to joining Endeavor, Mr. Klein was VP of new media at International Creative Management (ICM) and held the position of VP, West Coast, for Microcast, a company providing consumers with live and archived programming on demand.
As VP and general manager of WNYW-TV and WWOR-TV, Fox Television Stations’ New York duopoly, Mr. Leone has extensive experience in the nation’s No. 1 television market. He spent three years at WCBS-TV as the president and general manager, and four years as the VP of sales at WNBC-TV. In 1998 he served as NBC Network’s VP of sports and Olympic sales, and was responsible for the sports sales efforts, including new business development and marketing strategies. He was promoted to the position after serving as WNBC’s local sales manager for two years.
Mr. Leone served as an account executive for ABC sports sales from 1993 to 1996. His professional background includes sales manager for Capital Cities/ABC National Television Sales in St. Louis, and account executive for both ABC National Sales in Chicago and WABC-TV in New York.
Daniel Tibbets, executive VP of GoTV Networks, is an accomplished executive from the entertainment industry with more than 16 years of traditional and new media experience. He held senior executive roles in production and development for companies such as CBS Enterprises, Fireworks Television, Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment and Twentieth Television. At Twentieth, Mr. Tibbets ran Foxlab, where he co-created and developed the first-ever mobisode. He executive produced the first two original content mobisodes, “Love and Hate” and “Sunset Hotel,” which launched in February 2005.
Mr. Tibbets also developed the first convergence program to air on broadcast television at Foxlab.
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