Tartikoff sez he’ll return to TV scene

In his first public appearance since announcing his resignation from Paramount Oct. 29, Brandon Tartikoff declared he would probably return to television, his “first love, first language,” after his upcoming sabbatical in New Orleans.

Tartikoff spoke at New York’s YM-YWHA in a Sunday-evening lecture promoting his book, “The Last Great Ride.”

Scoffing at speculation that there was “a hidden agenda” behind his resignation, he reiterated that he was leaving Paramount “to be a parent and to be a partner with my wife in the ongoing recovery of our daughter.

“I have the financial wherewithal to make this kind of decision, but Hollywood likes to have heroes and villains, so for them, this story doesn’t compute.” Tartikoff forecast that Paramount would have a smooth transition with the pictures he had already set in place for the coming year. “My pictures should include three to five films that will gross $ 100 million or more domestically,” he said, listing among those candidates “The Firm” with Tom Cruise, “Beverly Hills Cop 3,””Wayne’s World 2,””The Addams Family 2” and another “Naked Gun” sequel.

In the Q&A session that followed his hour-long lecture, he specified that “If I jump back into television, it will be in a totally different way than I did it before or others are currently doing it. One thing TV will have to do is to become global. Like movies, it represents the last great American-made product.”

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