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List of Famous Television Executives

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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
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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