Carsey-Werner’s search for a domestic distribution prexy is over. Company execs tapped Robert E. Raleigh for the position after the exec left Worldvision when Paramount bought the distributor earlier this year.
Raleigh had been serving as senior veep of domestic sales for Worldvision, where he had worked since 1990. In his new post, he is responsible for the administration of all sales, marketing and research operations relating to off-net and firstrun programs distributed domestically by Carsey-Werner. He had been rumored to fill the slot after Joseph Zaleski, Carsey-Werner’s first domestic TV distribution president, passed away in August.
“Bob’s strong familiarity with the worlds of television and technology make him ideally qualified to play a significant role as part of our senior management team as we enter a new century,” said Stuart Glickman, vice chairman and CEO of Carsey-Werner.
While at Worldvision, Raleigh handled sales activities of shows including “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Judge Judy,” and will now build on Carsey-Werner’s current roster of shows such as “Cosby” and “That ’70s Show.” Prior to Worldvision, Raleigh served as VP of sales at MCA where he sold off-net rights to “Magnum P.I.” and “Simon & Simon.”
“As a creative entity, Carsey-Werner is second to none,” Raleigh said. “Our challenge now is to make sure our creative content gets a fair shake in the marketplace, which has been marred recently by intense vertical integration.”