Carsey-Werner vet Stuart Glickman will ankle his post as vice chairman and CEO after spending 13 years with the indie TV studio.
Glickman’s announcement caught many C-W insiders by surprise. An official C-W statement said Glickman will depart the company to “explore new business and investment opportunities.”
Glickman, who will remain with the company through Aug. 31, was philosophical over the reasons behind his departure, but kept his plans vague.
“My decision was not a quick decision,” he said. “But I feel there’s a lot of unexplored territory out there in the world. I’m fortunate that there are a lot of opportunities out there for me. Now’s the time for me to look out and explore the unexplored.”
A matter of timing
C-W will produce three series for network TV next fall, including returning skeins “That ’70s Show” and “3rd Rock from the Sun” as well as new laffer “Don’t Ask.” With those fall announcements out of the way, Glickman called it “the right time” to make a change.
“I wanted to wait for an orderly time when all things were done,” he said. “I feel like I’m leaving the company in good shape.”
Glickman said he’ll take a few weeks off after his departure before making his next move. In the meantime, the exec will play an active role in helping company partners Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner choose his replacement.
As a co-founding partner of law firm Russell & Glickman, Glickman first hooked up with C-W as an adviser soon after the company launched in the early ’80s.
With “The Cosby Show” setting off-net sales records and spinoff “A Different World” hitting the air, C-W recruited Glickman as CEO 13 years ago.
The exec then helped expand Carsey-Werner into a global player, overseeing C-W’s push to reacquire its library from Viacom in order to launch a distribution arm.
“That built us into a full-fledged company,” Glickman said. “Not just a production company.”
Given his role in helping turn C-W into a tiny powerhouse, it’s believed that Glickman continues to maintain a small interest in the company — but the exec declined comment.
In recent years, Glickman has been forced to steer C-W in an industry increasingly hostile to non-vertically integrated companies.
“It is hard to imagine not fighting the battles and enjoying the triumphs with Stuart because he had been our partner and friend from almost the inception of the company,” Carsey and Werner said. “In a climate where few are left, Stuart has helped us grow Carsey-Werner into a very strong business with an independent spirit.”
Glickman launched his career in 1968 as assistant counsel for American International Pictures, then moved to CBS as director of business affairs before spending 15 years as an entertainment attorney.