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Brandon Tartikoff [pictures] [edit]
Born: 1949-01-13
Death: 1997-08-27
He was a powerful and well-liked television executive who was credited with transforming NBC from the laughing stock of network television into a dominating force. During his tenure as President of NBC (1977-1991), he signed such mega-hits as "The Cosby Show", "Cheers" and "L.A. Law". He established NBC's untouchable Thursday night lineup, which has dominated network television for many years. As well, he was President of ABC Sports (1978-1980), Chairman of Paramount Pictures (1991-1992), President (1994-1995) and Chairman (1995-1996) of New World Communications and Chairman of AOL Online Entertainment (1996-his death). He died of Hodgkin's disease.
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