Magazine article Variety


Magazine article Variety


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NBC's 'Complicated,' 'Brilliant' President

Don Ohlmeyer


Don Ohlmeyer was a skilled producer, a savvy programmer, a demanding boss and a commanding presence. The former NBC West Coast president, who died Sept. 10 at age 72, was tasked in 1993 with righting a ship that had run off course after the Brandon Tartikoff era. During his tenure, which ran through 1999, Ohlmeyer galvanized an NBC team of future star executives who have since fanned out across the industry.

"Don was a complicated, fascinating and brilliant man who taught me an enormous amount about how television really works on its audience and how to be a leader," said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks.

Nevins' colleagues from the Ohlmeyer years include John Landgraf, president-CEO of FX Networks; Kevin Reilly, president of TNT and TBS; Jamie Tarses, former ABC Entertainment president; and Karey Burke, exec VP of programming and development at Freeform. …

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