J. Stuart Stringfellow is returning to syndication as prexy of domestic sales for Byron Allen’s CF Entertainment.
Stringfellow was prexy of King World’s domestic TV sales until he opted early retirement in January 2002. Since then, he has been adhering to the non-compete clause in his contract, which expired this fall.
“I personally wasn’t ready for retirement,” Stringfellow said on his return. “I’ve known Byron for 10 years, and I have a lot of respect for his programming and him.”
Stringfellow joined King World in 1985 to open its Chicago sales office. He helped develop “Inside Edition,” “Dr. Phil” and “Hollywood Squares” and during his tenure, domestic sales revenue increased from $230 million to $984 million.
Gotham-based Stringfellow will lead the CFE sales team, reporting directly to Allen, distrib’s chairman-CEO. Both are eager to apply Stringfellow’s expertise to CF Entertainment’s expansion into strip programming with shows “Recipe TV Featuring the World’s Greatest Chefs” and newsmag “EntertainmentStudios.com.”
“I’ve been pursuing him for years, for his experience in launching high-profile strips,” Allen said. “Given that’s the direction we’re headed now, we’re really fortunate to get him on board.”
Besides flagship weekly series “Entertainers With Byron Allen,” CFE’s titles include “The American Athlete” and “Global Business People.”