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List of famous television executives, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top television executives in the world? This includes the most prominent television executives, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable television executives is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic television executives were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned television executives.

Examples include Andy Cohen and Judy McGrath.

From reputable, prominent, and well known television executives to the lesser known television executives of today, these are some of the best professionals in the television executive field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous television executives ever?" and "What are the names of famous television executives?" then you're in the right place. (94 items)

Andy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Andy Cohen Andrew Cohen is a television and film producer.

Robert L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Robert L. Johnson Robert L. Johnson is an American businessman and the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). He is currently the chairman of RLJ Development which he is also founder and majority-owner ...more

Judy McGrath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Judy McGrath Judy McGrath, MTV Networks' Chief Executive Officer, has been with the company for more than two decades. Prior to working with MTV, she was a copywriter for Mademoiselle and a senior writer for ...more

Leslie Moonves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Leslie Moonves Leslie Roy Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, ...more

David Sarnoff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
David Sarnoff David Sarnoff was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America in various capacities from shortly ...more

Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Dan Abrams Dan Abrams is an American television host, legal commentator, Web entrepreneur and author. former anchor of Nightline and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News He worked as chief legal ...more

Bonnie Hammer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Bonnie Hammer Bonnie Hammer is an American businesswoman and network executive. As Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable, Hammer oversees the leading cable brands USA, Syfy, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network, ...more

Roone Arledge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Roone Arledge Roone Pinckney Arledge, Jr. was an American sports and news broadcasting pioneer who was president of ABC Sports from 1968 until 1986 and ABC News from 1977 until 1998, and a key part of the ...more

Jeff Zucker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Jeff Zucker Jeff Zucker was named president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal in February 2007. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment content companies, with ...more

Brandon Tartikoff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Brandon Tartikoff Brandon Tartikoff was a television executive who was credited with turning around NBC's low prime time reputation with such hit series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Law & Order, ALF, ...more

Edward Lamb is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Edward Lamb Edward Lamb was an American businessman, broadcasting executive and labor lawyer. He is best known for having defended striking workers during the Auto-Lite Strike in 1934 and for successfully ...more

Grant Tinker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Grant Tinker Grant Almerin Tinker is the former chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986, co-founder of MTM Enterprises, and television producer. Tinker is the former husband of television actress Mary ...more

Chase Carey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Chase Carey Chase Carey is the President and Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, a major international media conglomerate.

Barbara Bloom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Barbara Bloom Barbara Bloom is an American writer and TV programming executive. She earned a bachelor of science degree in theater from Skidmore College.

Brian Bedol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Brian Bedol Brian Bedol is an American television executive, entrepreneur, and founder of the sports television channels Classic Sports Network and College Sports Television. Bedol owned CSN from 1995 to ...more

Lloyd Braun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Lloyd Braun Lloyd Braun is a television and Internet media executive who is currently the owner of entertainment company Whalerock Industries.

Fred W. Friendly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Fred W. Friendly Fred W. Friendly was a president of CBS News and the creator, along with Edward R. Murrow, of the documentary television program See It Now. He originated the concept of public-access television ...more

Peter Chernin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Peter Chernin Peter Chernin is an American businessman and investor. He is the chairman and CEO of The Chernin Group, which he founded in 2009. TCG manages, operates and invests in businesses in the media, ...more

Dwayne Hickman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Dwayne Hickman Dwayne Bernard Hickman is an American former actor and former television executive at CBS. Hickman is known primarily for "teenager" roles on television sitcoms. The brown-haired ...more

Frank Stanton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Frank Stanton Frank Nicholas Stanton was an American broadcasting executive who served as the president of CBS between 1946 and 1971 and then as vice chairman until 1973. He also served as the chairman of the ...more

Alexander Rodnyansky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Alexander Rodnyansky Alexander Yefymovych Rodnyansky is a Ukrainian film director, film producer, television executive and businessman. During his career Rodnyansky produced over 30 films and more than 20 television ...more

William S. Paley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
William S. Paley William S. Paley was the chief executive who built Columbia Broadcasting System from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and television network operations in the United States.

Edgar Scherick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Edgar Scherick Edgar J. Scherick was one of the most prolific producers of television miniseries, made-for-television films, and theatrical motion pictures.

William J. Bell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
William J. Bell William Joseph "Bill" Bell was an American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and

David Plowright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
David Plowright David Ernest Plowright, CBE was an English television executive and producer. Plowright was educated at Scunthorpe Grammar School. He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the ...more

George Heinemann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
George Heinemann George Heinemann was a long time NBC executive who developed award winning children's television programs.

Robert Saudek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Robert Saudek Robert Saudek was an American TV producer and executive, son of flutist and conductor Victor Saudek.

Thomas W. Moore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Thomas W. Moore Thomas Waldrop "Tom" Moore was an American television executive who headed ABC in the 1960s. Moore was born in Meridian, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University and ...more

Bob Wright is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Bob Wright Robert Charles "Bob" Wright is a US television businessman, having served as Chairman of NBC Universal.

Fred Silverman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Fred Silverman Fred Silverman is an American television executive and producer. He worked as an executive at the CBS, ABC and NBC networks, and was responsible for bringing to television such programs as the ...more

Nancy Tellem is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Nancy Tellem Nancy Tellem is the president of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group. Her areas of expertise include overseeing programming, development, production, business afairs and ...more

Ali Hossaini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Ali Hossaini Ali Hossaini is an American artist, philosopher and businessperson. In 2010 the New York Times described him as a "biochemist turned philosopher turned television producer turned visual ...more

Tony Petitti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Tony Petitti Tony Petitti is the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. He succeeded Rob Manfred in the position on January 25, 2015 after Manfred became Commissioner of Baseball. He previously ...more

Martin Starger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Martin Starger Martin Starger is a well known entertainment entrepreneur. He led ABC Entertainment during its boom period in the 1970s, pioneering the creation of television shows such as ABC Movie of the ...more

Chuck Howard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Chuck Howard Chuck Howard is a TV producer.

Don Ohlmeyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Don Ohlmeyer Donald Winfred Ohlemeyer Jr. is a former American television producer and president of the NBC network's west coast division. He is perhaps best known as being the executive who fired Norm ...more

Richard S. Salant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Richard S. Salant Richard S. Salant was a CBS executive from 1952 and president of the CBS News division from 1961–64 and 1966–79. He was noted for the introduction of "60 Minutes" and the "CBS ...more

Andrea Wong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Andrea Wong Andrea Wong is the president of international production for Sony Pictures Television and the president of international for Sony Pictures Entertainment. In her SPT position, Wong heads the ...more

Darryl Hickman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Darryl Hickman Darryl Gerard Hickman is an American film and television actor, former television executive, and child star of the 1930s and 1940s.

Eddie Einhorn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Eddie Einhorn Eddie Einhorn is minority owner and Vice Chairman of the Chicago White Sox. Einhorn produced the nationally syndicated radio broadcast of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in ...more

Scott Rasmussen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Scott Rasmussen Scott W. Rasmussen is an American political analyst and digital media entrepreneur. He is the president of Styrk.com, a digital media company he founded in 2014. Rasmussen is a New York Times ...more

James Harbord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
James Harbord James Guthrie Harbord was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army and President and Chairman of the Board of RCA. Harbord was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Bushong, Kansas ...more

Sean McManus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Sean McManus Sean J. McManus is the Chairman of CBS Sports and was the President of both CBS Sports and CBS News from 2005 to 2011. He is the son of sportscaster Jim McKay. Sean graduated from Fairfield ...more

Arick Wierson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Arick Wierson Arick B. Wierson is a screenwriter and a film producer.

David Westin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
David Westin David Westin is the Principal of Witherbee Holdings, LLC, advising and investing in media companies. He was the President and CEO of NewsRight from 2011 to 2012. Before that, he was president of ...more

James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. was a leading American television and film executive. President of the CBS television network during the early 1960s, he put some of television's most enduring series on ...more

Roger Putnam is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Roger Putnam Roger Lowell Putnam was an American politician and businessman. A member of the prominent Lowell family of Boston, he served as Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1937 until 1943, and as ...more

Norman Powell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Norman Powell Norman Scott Powell is the son of Joan Blondell and George Barnes. He was adopted by his mother's second husband, Dick Powell, in February 1938. Norman is a television executive and produced ...more

Leonard Goldenson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Leonard Goldenson Leonard H. Goldenson was President of the U.S. television and radio broadcaster ABC.

Jennifer Davidson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Television Executives
Jennifer Davidson Jennifer Kate Stitt Davidson was an American businesswoman and Vice President of Cartoon Network until her death in 2007.