CBS’ longform wing ups Walton, Harrison

Trevor Walton and Joan Harrison have been promoted to key positions in CBS’ longform division.

Meanwhile, there has yet to be any official announcement onwhether John Matoian, CBS’ senior VP of movies and miniseries, would indeed be leaving the Eye web to head a family-oriented, film production wing at 20th Century Fox (Daily Variety, Nov. 8).

Walton has been named VP, motion pictures for TV and miniseries, CBS Entertainment. He will be in charge of all dramatic longform programming and will report to Jeff Sagansky, entertainment division prexy.

Walton joined CBS in August 1990 as director, telefilms. During his tenure at CBS Entertainment, he worked on such projects as “Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris” and “The Hallmark Hall of Fame” presentations “Breathing Lessons” and “To Dance With the White Dog.”

Joan Harrison, who has been named VP, miniseries, CBS Entertainment, will report to Walton. She also joined CBS in August 1990 and has handled projects like the “Betty Broderick” films, “A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion” and the upcoming four-hour adaptation of “The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All.” Before her CBS stint, Harrison had been the director of movies and miniseries at Lorimar from 1988 to 1990.

Earlier this fall, Matoian was said to be in talks with 20th Century Fox. Sources at CBS suggest that he has given notice and will be leaving when his contract expires in March. If and when he begins the 20th Century Fox job, the exec would be working under studio chairman Peter Chernin.

A Matoian division would be in keeping with Fox’s recently stepped-up interest in family-themed product.

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