It’s looking more and more likely that Columbia TriStar Television Group exec veepee Andy Kaplan — a 13-year veteran of the company who had been in line to replace former boss Jon Feltheimer — will instead ankle the studio.
While Kaplan still has more than seven months left on his current deal, insiders say that he and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-prexy and CEO Mel Harris have reached an impasse over a deal to promote Kaplan to prexy of CTTG and exec veep of SPE, the job Feltheimer had before he resigned (Daily Variety, Sept. 15). The structure and scope of Kaplan’s new position seem to be what’s prevented the two men from coming to terms on a new pact.
Kaplan’s basic responsibilities now involve roles at Columbia TriStar Television, the Game Show Network and other portions of Sony’s global TV empire. His specific duties have become hazier since Harris’s arrival last year.
Despite the gloomy outlook for Kaplan at CTTG, insiders at the studio aren’t giving up hope he might yet remain. Kaplan and Harris are still talking, and some camps remain hopeful a deal can be brokered. The same insiders note that things are quite fluid inside Sony these days: Former ABC Entertainment topper Ted Harbert was considered to be a cinch for a top position at the studio last year; he instead ended up running NBC Studios.
A rep for CTTG firmly declined to comment on Kaplan’s situation.