McCluggage Par TV chair

Kerry McCluggage has been promoted to chairman of the Paramount TV Group, giving him a title commensurate with that of motion picture group chairman Sherry Lansing under the recently revised structure at the studio.

McCluggage had been president of the TV group since joining Paramount in September 1991, shortly after leaving his post as president of Universal TV.

McCluggage, 38, oversees all TV activities for the studio, including network and firstrun production, domestic and international sales, a group of owned-and-operated TV stations and a half-interest in the USA cable network.

Following the departure of Paramount Pictures chairman Brandon Tartikoff, the studio announced a structure removing a layer of management in which both Lansing and McCluggage report directly to Paramount Communications president-chief operating officer Stanley R. Jaffe.

That shift already was seen as a vote of confidence for the exec, who was recruited by Tartikoff, and the title change simply helps underline the point.

Jaffe noted in a statement that the TV group — which currently produces 15 series for the nets and firstrun syndication totaling 23 hours of weekly programming — is building residual value by adding to Par’s series library.

Over the last year Paramount has been aggressive in pursuing overall talent deals, including a number of producers and performers with whom McCluggage worked while at Universal.

McCluggage began at Universal in 1978 and became a VP two years later. He was subsequently upped to senior VP and was named president of the division in 1987.

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