An important figure in program planning at CBS since the early 1980s who gained experience at ABC and CBS Sports before moving into the positions of vice president and senior vice president at CBS Ent...
Promoted to president of CBS Entertainment; replaced Jeff Sagansky
Began working in production at ABC Sports
Resigned from CBS in the spring
Left Carsey-Werner to act as a consultant at Columbia Tristar International TV
Joined Carsey-Werner Co.; served as producer on "Grace Under Fire" and as executive producer of "Cosby"
Was as a trial attorney for the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in New York City
Promoted to senior vice president, program planning, CBS Entertainment
Became vice president, programming, CBS Sports, in February
Appointed executive vice president, programming, CBS Entertainment, in August
Joined CBS Sports in June as vice president, program planning and development
Appointed president and CEO of Telemundo (August); replaced in July 1999 by James McNamara
Appointed vice president, planning and scheduling, CBS Entertainment in December
An important figure in program planning at CBS since the early 1980s who gained experience at ABC and CBS Sports before moving into the positions of vice president and senior vice president at CBS Entertainment. Tortorici has been involved with all aspects of primetime programming, especially scheduling, current programs, specials and feature film acquisition. Between 1990 and 1994 he was Jeff Sagansky's number two man at CBS Entertainment, during which time the network rebounded from several poor ratings seasons in the late 80s to its former position as the most watched network. When Sagansky announced in the spring of 1994 that he was leaving CBS, Tortorici stepped into his shoes as president. He left CBS in the spring of 1995. In early 1996, he joined Carsey-Werner Company as part of the team supervising network programs, including the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" and the CBS series "Cosby". Within two years, however, Tortorici had left Carsey-Werner to serve as a consultant to Columbia TriStar International Television before accepting the position of president and CEO of Telemundo in August 1998. During his tenure, he attempted to revamp the network's format, airing series like the Spanish-language versions of the 70s series "Charlie's Angels" ("Angeles") and "Starsky and Hutch" ("Reyes y Rey") instead of the telenovelas that had been the standard. Audiences, however, remained unimpressed and Telemundo experienced a loss in viewership resulting in Tortorici's replacement in July 1999. His golden parachute included a production deal with Columbia TriStar Television Group.