Jamie Tarses, trailblazing TV executive, dead at 56
She was 56.
Tarses ended up being president of ABC Home entertainment in 1996, following an effective run as a funny advancement executive at NBC, where she took part in the launch of “Friends,” “Frasier” and other popular comedies throughout the network’s “Must-See TV” prime time.
At ABC, she faced a political minefield — the network had actually just recently been obtained by Disney — and left the job after 3 years.
Just 32 when she was hired by then-Disney executive Michael Ovitz in a relocation that outraged executives at NBC, Tarses got excessive limelights, consisting of a New york city Times publication profile in which she shocked her managers by permitting the press reporter, Lynn Hirschberg, to unwittingly eavesdrop on her calls with them.
When she left ABC following another management shift in 1999, Tarses sounded relieved to be proceeding, informing the Los Angeles Times relating to the consistent speculation and reports about behind-the-scenes friction, “I just don’t want to play anymore. The work is a blast. The rest of this nonsense I don’t need.”
Ever Since, Tarses had actually been active as a manufacturer, functioning as an executive manufacturer on the series “Primeval,” “My Boys” and “Happy Endings.”
Tarses originated from a show-business household. Her dad is experienced TELEVISION manufacturer Jay Tarses, who developed such programs as “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.” Her sibling, Matt, is likewise a writer-producer.
After finishing from Williams College, she ended up being an assistant casting executive on “Saturday Night Live” prior to signing up with Lorimar Tv. The famous NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff employed her in 1987, and she worked her method up through different innovative positions to manage funny advancement.
The network executive played by Amanda Peet in “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” a temporary 2006 NBC series from writer-producer Aaron Sorkin, was loosely designed on Tarses, who worked as an expert.
In a declaration, 20th Tv president Karey Burke stated, “Jamie was a trailblazer in the truest sense of the word. She shattered stereotypes and ideas about what a female executive could achieve, and paved the way for others, at a cost to herself. She was a mentor and friend, and many of us owe so much to her.”
“Jamie’s creative genius sparked culture-defining shows that have spanned decades. She gave an early voice to some of the industry’s most prolific storytellers, and boldly led ABC at a time when the industry saw very few women in leadership roles,” Dana Walden, Chairman of Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Tv, stated in a declaration. “She will be remembered as a mentor and role model for many, including myself, and an inspiration to the entire creative community for generations to come. Our hearts go out to her family during this difficult time and we honor her legacy.”
Tarses was associated with different charitable companies, consisting of Young Storytellers, which connects to youths by promoting the power of storytelling. Survivors include her partner, Paddy Aubrey, and their 2 kids.
CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez added to this report.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.