Paramount TV Group has confirmed the appointment of Garrett S. Hart as president of the network TV division and the corresponding exit of 12-year studio veteran John S. Pike, as reported.
Hart, who started at the studio Tuesday, will oversee development and production of all drama and comedy programming for the networks and firstrun syndication.
As noted, the appointment reunites the exec with Kerry McCluggage, chairman of the Paramount TV Group, who was Hart’s boss at Universal TV before joining Paramount in October 1991. In a statement, McCluggage said, “Having witnessed his superior abilities at Universal, I am confident Garry will be vital to the growth of his division.”
Hart started at Universal in 1987 and had been senior VP of current programming since 1990. Before that he was senior VP of research at Lorimar and spent four years at Paramount, both in research and comedy development.
Pike, who began at Paramount in 1981, had overseen the TV division the past eightyears, and was also responsible for international co-production, a title not expressly conferred on Hart. Speculation has been that the exec — who according to sources simply didn’t get along with McCluggage, despite recent sales success — could wind up in business with former Paramount boss and current MGM chairman Frank Mancuso.
McCluggage’s hires at the Paramount TV Group also include exec VP Richard Lindheim, another Universal alumnus.