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Brandon Tartikoff was the president of NBC Television during its rise to the top from 1980 till 1991.
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At the age of 31, Brandon Tartikoff became the youngest president in network history when he was hired to overhaul NBC's lackluster lineup in 1980. Under his leadership, NBC produced such huge hits as The Cosby Show, Cheers, L.A. Law, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice. Toward the end of his tenure, Tartikoff established NBC's dominant Thursday night lineup featuring Seinfeld. He died on August 27, 1997, in Los Angeles, California.
Born on January 13, 1949, in Freeport, New York, Brandon Tartikoff graduated from Yale University in 1970, and worked in advertising and promotion for ABC affiliates in New Haven, Connecticut and Chicago, Illinois before becoming ABC's director of dramatic development in 1976. Described by friends as an "irrepressible spirit," Tartikoff became the youngest president in network history when he was hired to overhaul NBC's lackluster programming in 1980.
Today, Tartikoff is credited with transforming NBC into a commanding force in network television. Under his leadership, from 1980 to 1991, NBC produced such huge hits as The Cosby Show, Cheers, L.A. Law, Family Ties, Hill Street Blues, The Golden Girls and Miami Vice. Toward the end of histenure, Tartikoff established NBC's dominant Thursday night lineup, featuring Seinfeld. In 1991, he left NBC for a 15-month stint at Paramount, during which the studio released the hugely successful comic film Wayne's World.
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