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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. {#nodes}
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  • Andrew Joseph Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American radio and television talk show host, producer, and writer. He is the host and executive producer of the Bravo's late night talk show, Watch What...  more

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  • Robert L. Johnson

    Robert Louis Johnson (born April 8, 1946) is an American entrepreneur, media magnate, executive, philanthropist, and investor. He is the co-founder of BET, which was acquired by Viacom in 2001. He...  more
  • Judith Ann McGrath (born July 2, 1952) is an American television executive. Named Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks on July 20, 2004, McGrath oversaw the networks' channels, including MTV, MTV2, VH-1,...  more
  • Leslie Roy Moonves (; born October 6, 1949) is an American media executive who served as the Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation from 2003 until his resignation in September 2018 following numerous...  more
  • David Sarnoff (February 27, 1891 – December 12, 1971) was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America...  more
  • Dan Abrams (born c. 1965/1966) is an American web entrepreneur and television presenter who serves as the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, host of Live PD on the A&E cable network, and hosts...  more

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  • Bonnie Hammer (born 1950) is an American businesswoman and network executive. As Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable, Hammer oversees the leading cable brands USA, The Sci-Fi Channel, E!, Bravo, Oxygen,...  more
  • Roone Pinckney Arledge, Jr. (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was an American sports and news broadcasting executive who was president of ABC Sports from 1968 until 1986 and ABC News from 1977 until...  more
  • Jeffrey Adam Zucker (born April 9, 1965) is an American media executive. He previously served as president and CEO of NBC Universal. Zucker served as an executive in residence at Columbia Business...  more
  • Brandon Tartikoff (January 13, 1949 – August 27, 1997) was an American television executive who was the president of NBC from 1980 to 1991. He was credited with turning around NBC's low prime time...  more

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  • Edward Lamb (April 23, 1901 – March 23, 1987) was an American businessman, broadcasting executive and labor lawyer. He is best known for having defended striking workers during the Auto-Lite Strike...  more
  • Grant Almerin Tinker (January 11, 1926 – November 28, 2016) was an American television executive who served as Chairman and CEO of NBC from 1981 to 1986. Additionally, he was the co-founder of MTM...  more
  • Chase Carey (born 22 November 1953) is an Irish-American executive. He is the chief executive officer and executive chairman of the Formula One Group. He has previously worked for News Corp,...  more
  • Barbara Bloom may refer to: Barbara Bloom (television executive), American television executive and writer Barbara Bloom (artist) (born 1951), conceptual artist...  more
  • 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 1997...  more
  • Lloyd Braun (born 1958) is an American media executive. He is the founder and CEO of Whalerock Industries, a Los Angeles based media and technology company....  more
  • Fred W. Friendly (born Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer, October 30, 1915 – March 3, 1998) was a president of CBS News and the creator, along with Edward R. Murrow, of the documentary television...  more
  • Peter Chernin (born May 29, 1951) is an American businessman and investor. He is the chairman and CEO of The Chernin Group (TCG), which he founded in 2010. TCG manages, operates and invests in...  more
  • Dwayne Bernard Hickman (born May 18, 1934) is an American former actor and television executive at CBS. The usually brown-haired Hickman portrayed Chuck MacDonald, Bob Collins's (played by Bob...  more
  • Frank Stanton may refer to: Frank Stanton (executive) (1908–2006), president of CBS between 1946 and 1973 Frank Stanton (entrepreneur) (1921–1999), entrepreneur and real-estate investor who was a...  more
  • Alexander Yefymovych Rodnyansky (Ukrainian: Родня́нський Олекса́ндр Юхи́мович; born July 2, 1961) is a Ukrainian and Russian film director, film producer, television executive and businessman....  more
  • William Samuel Paley (September 28, 1901 – October 26, 1990) was the chief executive who built the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio and...  more
  • Edgar J. Scherick (October 16, 1924 – December 2, 2002) was an Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning American television executive and producer of television miniseries, made-for-television...  more
  • William Joseph Bell (March 6, 1927 – April 29, 2005) was an American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and...  more
  • David Ernest Plowright, (11 December 1930 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire – 24 August 2006 in Prestbury, Cheshire) was an English television executive and producer....  more