Fireworks TV taps Dalton U.S. prexy

Ex-Eye exec also reunited with new entertainment VP Tibbets

HOLLYWOOD — Canada-based Fireworks Entertainment, a subsid of CanWest Entertainment, has hired recent CBS Enterprises (CBE) exec Robb Dalton to serve as prexy of its new Los Angeles-based operation, Fireworks Television USA.

Daniel Tibbets is joining the L.A. company to head development efforts as VP of entertainment.

Tibbets and Dalton worked together at CBE — which has included King World Prods. since CBS Television and King World merged earlier this year — prior to Tibbets’ most recent gig as VP at Papazian Hirsch Entertainment.

Dalton comes to Fireworks after serving as senior VP at CBE, responsible for overseeing all West Coast development and production.

In his new capacity, he reports to Jay Firestone, chairman and CEO of CanWest Entertainment.

CanWest already has a presence in the U.S. TV market via Fireworks — it’s co-producing and/or distribbing such series as USA Network’s “La Femme Nikita,” TNN’s “18 Wheels of Justice” and syndie action hours “Relic Hunter,” “Queen of Swords” and “Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda.”

“Our goal is to capitalize on the strength of our global distribution and production resources to strengthen our strategic alliances with U.S. broadcast and cable networks and syndicators in the development and production of original scripted entertainment,” Firestone said of the reasoning behind the new subsid.

“We are on a very aggressive development path and intend to have several new productions in place for the 2001 season,” Dalton added.

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