Jankowski to top U TV programs

Peter Jankowski has been promoted to head current programming at Universal TV , filling the void left by the departure of Garrett S. Hart, who is expected to be named president of Paramount Network TV (Daily Variety, Aug. 12).

In a related development, sources say John S. Pike, the current prez of Paramount’s network production division, could end up over at MGM under recently appointed chairman Frank Mancuso, his former boss during a 12-year tenure at the studio.

Paramount has yet to confirm the Hart appointment or discuss Pike’s status. Universal, however, did confirm Hart’s exit and the promotion for Jankowski, who’s been VP of current programs since February 1992.

Jankowski, the son of former CBS/Broadcast Group head Gene Jankowski, joined U TV in 1986 as exec assistant to then-president Kerry McCluggage and was named director of current programming in 1989.

MGM pared back its TV production wing under former chairman Alan Ladd Jr. but continues to run a distribution operation and produce selected shows aimed at the international market, among them an animated version of “The Pink Panther” and various shows in the comedy/reality genre.

Mancuso recently hired two other Paramount alumni as exec veepees at MGM, Michael S. Hope and A. Robert Pisano (Daily Variety, Aug. 9).

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