Ted Harbert

Executive, Radio news producer
During a near twenty year tenure at ABC, Ted Harbert worked his way up the ladder from television planning and scheduling to primetime responsibilities as president (and later chair) of ABC Entertainment. He left the ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1955 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

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Boomtown 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Crossing Jordan 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Ed 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Home Improvement 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Jackie Collins Presents 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

My So-Called Life 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Roseanne 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

The Practice 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Will & Grace 1987 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Murder One 1987 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

NYPD Blue 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

The Entertainer 1987 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Consultant

The Wonder Years 1987 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1996, 1998 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Dynasty: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's Like, You Know... 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Hypnotized! 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ratings, Morals & Sex on TV 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Arsenio 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wish You Were Here 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

During a near twenty year tenure at ABC, Ted Harbert worked his way up the ladder from television planning and scheduling to primetime responsibilities as president (and later chair) of ABC Entertainment. He left the network in 1997 to accept an exclusive deal at DreamWorks SKG to develop and produce TV shows.

Born in NYC, this son of a TV producer and director earned a communications degree from Boston University in the late 1970s. Harbert spent a year as a radio news producer at WHDH in Boston before fulfilling a lifelong dream of working at ABC. He began as feature film coordinator for ABC Entertainment and was subsequently promoted through the ranks to vice president (in 1989) and later president (1993) in charge of primetime entertainment. In those capacities, he developed specials and reality-based programming as well as series (including the award-winning "The Wonder Years" and "thirtysomething"). Harbert also assisted then-president Robert A Iger in matters pertaining to finance and marketing, weathering the network's takeover by first Capital Cities and then Disney.

Harbert, however, was faulted for not picking up "3rd Rock From the Sun". In spite of developing the sitcom, the network would only commit to a limited number of episodes. When NBC picked up the show, it became an instant hit, winning its time slot and stealing viewers from ABC's schedule. A number of other factors threatened Harbert's position at the network: declining ratings over several seasons, the lack of break-out new hits to replace aging shows and Disney's purchase of the network. ABC hired wunderkind Jamie Tarses from NBC and installed her as president, promoting Harbert to the ill-defined role of chairman. No longer functioning as the network's chief programmer, Harbert remained in his new position for less than a year before announcing his resignation. Shortly thereafter, it was announced he had signed an exclusive producing deal with DreamWorks SKG to develop and produce TV shows. Two years later, Harbert accepted the position of president, NBC Studios with responsibilities for developing programming for the network.

Relationships

Edward Wesley Harbert II

Father
born October 2, 1923 married Marna Reagor on October 8, 1944

Susan Harbert

Wife

Marna Harbert

Mother

Christopher Harbert

Brother

Michael Harbert

Brother

Richard Harbert

Brother

Sarah Patience Harbert

Sister

Chelsea Handler

Companion
Reports surfaced August 2009 that they split

Emily Harbert

Daughter
mother Susan Harbert

William Harbert

Son
mother Susan Harbert

Timothy Harbert

Brother

Julie Harmon

Wife
divorced was associate director of programming, "On TV" in Los Angeles appeared on the NBC game show "Weakest Link" and won over $90,0000 creating a minor controversy after investigation, network decided no rules had been violated

EDUCATION

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1977
graduated magna cum laude

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts 1977
graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

1999

Joined NBC as president, NBC Studios (August)

1997

Resigned from ABC in February

1997

Announced, in mid-February, exclusive deal with DreamWorks SKG to develop and produce TV shows

1996

Promoted to chairman, ABC Entertainment in June

1992

Appointed president, ABC Entertainment in November, effective January 1, 1993

1989

Promoted to executive vice president for prime time in April

1988

Named vice president, prime time, ABC Entertainment, in February

1987

Took on additional responsibilities when appointed vice president, motion pictures and scheduling in November

1986

In August, assumed the newly created position of vice president, motion pictures, ABC Entertainment

1983

Named vice president, program planning and scheduling in September

1981

Promoted to director, program planning and scheduling in July

1979

Appointed supervisor, feature film and latenight program planning in January

1979

Became assistant to the vice president for program planning and scheduling in August

1977

Joined ABC in July as feature film coordinator for ABC Entertainment

Worked as a producer in the news department of WHDH Radio in Boston, MA

Bonus Trivia

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"The thing Ted will be remembered for at ABC was his keen attention to the family hour." --ad buyer Paul Schulman quoted in USA TODAY, January 8, 1997

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