Perth renews USA deal

USA Networks entertainment prexy Rod Perth, who has been rumored as a leading candidate to replace Lucie Salhany heading up the United Paramount Network, has instead re-upped with USA in a multiyear deal believed to cover three years. He joined USA Network in October 1994.

While Perth has not been able to turn USA into a comedy powerhouse — ultimately failing with the canceled comedies “Duckman,” “Lost on Earth,” “Claude’s Crib” and “Weird Science” — he has more than made up for it with solid numbers for the network’s Sunday-night drama block (headed by “La Femme Nikita”).

Perth has likewise helped steer USA into a more quality-driven arena with such original films as “My Antonia” and the forthcoming miniseries “Moby Dick” starring Patrick Stewart.

“Rod has brought to USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel a tremendous amount of creative energy since his arrival,” said Kay Koplovitz, founder, chairman and CEO of USA Networks. “He has dramatically elevated the company’s position in the Hollywood community and has launched bold initiatives in original programming that are enforcing a positive brand image for USA.”

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