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Tortorici ankles C-W post

Now consulting for Columbia TriStar Intl. TV

Former CBS Entertainment prexy Peter Tortorici has quietly left Carsey-Werner and is consulting for Columbia TriStar Intl. TV, sources said Thursday.

While he’s only a consultant right now, working on programming and scheduling for Sony’s international channels, Tortorici has an office on the Sony lot, and a larger and more permanent post could be on the horizon.

Word of Tortorici’s work for Sony surfaced the same day that another former CBS president and ex-Sony executive, Jeff Sagansky, joined Bud Paxson’s Paxson Communications. Tortorici actually worked for Sagansky before replacing him as CBS entertainment president in 1994.

Tortorici’s reign atop CBS Entertainment was short-lived, though. He resigned one year after getting the top job, in spring 1995, and Leslie Moonves replaced him. Tortorici subsequently joined Carsey-Werner, where he served as a producer of “Grace Under Fire” and an executive producer of “Cosby.”

At CBS, Tortorici worked in scheduling, current programs, specials, feature film acquisition and sports, and he also spent time at ABC Sports.