Television executive who worked with Brandon Tartikoff on such NBC shows as "The A-Team", "Knightrider" and "Miami Vice" before joining MCA in 1978. During McCluggage's reign as president of Universal...
CBS announced on Monday that the network will be integrating UPN's operations under CBS management in January of 2002, though CBS and UPN will retain separate on-air identities and affiliates. Both networks are owned by parent company Viacom, and execs at CBS and UPN felt the merge was a natural move for the media conglomerate.
"Today’s announcement is the culmination of a process that began with the merger of Viacom and CBS and realizes an important opportunity to bring new efficiencies to the broadcast business, while maintaining the distinct voices of CBS and UPN as leaders in free, over-the-air broadcasting," said Mel Karmazin, president and COO of Viacom. "There is no better time to bring UPN together with CBS, which is enjoying one of the best years in its history."
As part of the overall plan, all UPN execs will now report to Les Moonves, president and COO of CBS. Moonves said in a CBS press release on Monday that the integration of both networks will help cut costs and increase ad revenue, which will hopefully attract Viacom investors.
Paramount Television Chairman Kerry McCluggage, the original architect of UPN, will leave at the end of January.
Details about the inevitable changes in both networks' programming will be released at a later date.
Named president/chairman of Paramount Pictures Television Group (September)
Joined MCA (date approximate)
Served as president, MCA Inc.'s Universal Television
Television executive who worked with Brandon Tartikoff on such NBC shows as "The A-Team", "Knightrider" and "Miami Vice" before joining MCA in 1978. During McCluggage's reign as president of Universal Television, its primetime division produced such shows as "Coach", "Major Dad" and "Northern Exposure". He left Universal in 1991 to rejoin Brandon Tartikoff as president of Paramount's television group overseeing all aspects of network, international and syndicated TV operations as well as the company's independent stations, a cable production group and Paramount's investments in the USA Network and Zenith Productions of Britain. Among the popular shows which McCluggage has managed have been "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Arsenio Hall Show".