This Day in Jewish History / TV addict who rescued NBC dies young
Brandon Tartikoff was president of NBC when shows such as 'Cheers,' 'Hill Street Blues' and 'Seinfeld' were on the air.
On August 27, 1997, television-network executive Brandon Tartikoff died, at the age of 48. Tartikoff was made TV history when he became president of NBC Entertainment in 1980, at 31, and took the network from dead last in the ratings to the top-rated network five seasons in a row, after introducing such shows as “Cheers,” “Hill Street Blues” and...
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