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The Television Academy announced Friday that it has tapped former Tribune Entertainment CEO and prexy Dick Askin to be its chairman of the Council of Past Presidents and Past Chairs.

Askin formerly served as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Science. He is the principal in Askin & Co., an entertainment advisory firm specializing in television programming, marketing and distribution rights management.

During his time at Tribune Entertainment, Askin helped develop TV series including “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict,” “Mutant X,” and “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.”

In addition to expanding traditional TV, Askin was integral in widening the eligibility for Emmy qualification to include broadband content. He brought the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences under the Academy’s jurisdiction and put more emphasis on runaway production while also seeing the organization’s membership increase by 20%.

Askin also assisted in expanding the stage space in Hollywood and helped create the first all-digital studio.

Askin’s position is effective immediately. Leo Chaloukian had held the title since 2003.

 

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