Former Twentieth TV prez Harris Katleman has left an independent production deal with the studio to become chief operating officer at Mark Goodson Prods., the parties confirmed.
Katleman will work with prezCEO Jonathan Goodson in seeking to expand the company’s scope and develop new production opportunities, helping fill a void left by the death of company founder, Mark Goodson.
The move marks a reunion of sorts for Katleman, who served as exec VP of what was then known as Goodson-Todman Prods. from1960-70, supervising such dramatic network series as “Branded” and “The Rebel.”
In recent years Goodson has primarily been a prolific gameshow supplier, but the company, with varying degrees of success, has tried to make a push into primetime reality shows, producing the specials “Real Life Heroes” and “Trackdown USA.” Katleman, with strong network ties from his Fox tenure, could help in the latter department.
Katleman was moved out at Twentieth in May 1992 as part of an exec shakeup by then-Twentieth chairman Lucie Salhany. The exec has moved into offices at Goodson, where he will oversee the launch of a syndicated nighttime version of “The Price Is Right”– a long-running CBS daytime hit — which Paramount is distributing for September 1994. He will supervise all Goodson current programming.
During his more than 12 years as an exec at Fox, Katleman was involved with “L.A. Law,””The Simpsons,””Anything but Love,””The Tracey Ullman Show” and “Picket Fences.” He previously spent five years as prez of MGM TV, and worked at Columbia Pictures under an indie-prod deal, partnered with Harve Bennett.
In addition to “Price,” Goodson gameshows include: “Classic Concentration, “”Family Feud,””Password” and “To Tell the Truth.” Mark Goodson will be posthumously inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in October.