×

Jamie Tarses: Primetime comeback

Women's Impact Report: TV Titans

Jamie Tarses has pulled off a successful second act in Hollywood — and it’s on her own terms.

Ten years after her sometimes rocky tenure as president of ABC Entertainment, Tarses is once again making her mark in primetime, having landed several new series on broadcast and cable over the past year.

Tarses’ Sony Pictures TV-based Fanfare is having a banner year, landing the Matthew Perry comedy “Mr. Sunshine” and the relationship half-hour “Happy Endings” at ABC; the romantic comedy “Mad Love” (written by her brother, Matt Tarses) at CBS and the buddy laugher “Franklin and Bash” at TBS.

TNT, meanwhile, just gave another renewal to Fanfare’s Jada Pinkett Smith drama “Hawthorne,” and until recently TBS aired Tarses’ “My Boys” (which just ended its run).

“For me, the momentum will only be there if these shows work,” Tarses says. “Most of my attention and focus is on working with the writers and producers to get these shows launched and as good as they can be. Getting pilots picked up, that’s a huge thrill, but now we need to turn them into successful series.”

With her eye on getting all those new shows up and running, Tarses has turned to former Alphabet colleague Julia Franz to oversee Fanfare’s bustling development.

“It takes a lot of time and energy to produce just one show,” Tarses says. “There weren’t enough hours in the day. Circumstances dictated that I find someone whom I liked and respected to come in and really do what I was doing (in development).”

Tarses says she no longer harbors any interest in getting back into the executive game, having been a network suit for more than a decade.

“I was an exec for a long time, and it was an extraordinary experience,” she says. “But I’ve got the greatest job in the world now. I feel blessed with how things are going, working with people I love and respect and given the freedom that an executive job wouldn’t give me.”

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • Gaby Hoffmann, Albert Cheng, Alexandra Billings,

    'Transparent' Team Reflects on Series Finale Without Jeffrey Tambor

    Friday night’s premiere of the series finale of “Transparent” at L.A. Live’s Regal theater felt like a family reunion for the Pfefferman clan. Matriarch Judith Light embraced each one of her TV children (Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass) and guest stars from previous seasons (Cherry Jones, Melora Hardin, Bradley Whitford) who also turned [...]

  • Game of Thrones Season 8

    'Game of Thrones,' 'Avengers' Win Big at 45th Annual Saturn Awards

    As Jamie Lee Curtis picked up her first trophy ever at the 45th Annual Saturn Awards Friday night, she had a good luck charm on her arm: former manager Chuck Binder, whom she said was the reason she became an actor. “I was in college and had no thought of being an actor,” Curtis told [...]

  • Pom Klementieff poses at the launch

    Marvel Cinematic Universe Star Pom Klementieff Talks Disney-Fox Merger, X-Men Dreams

    Pom Klementieff may have entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” followed by appearances in the last two “Avengers” movies, but that wasn’t her original superhero plan. “My dream was to be in X-Men,” she told Variety on Thursday at the Chanel dinner for its new fragrance Gabrielle [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow to Be Honored at amfAR Gala Los Angeles

    Gwyneth Paltrow and art dealer Larry Gagosian are set to be honored at the 2019 amfAR Gala Los Angeles. The American Foundation for AIDS Research announced that the two honorees will receive the Award of Courage for their commitment in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as for their other humanitarian efforts. Christina [...]

  • David Mandel Sam Richardson

    'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Veep,' 'When They See Us' Writers Honored at Emmy Nominees Reception

    Ava DuVernay (“When They See Us”), David Mandel (“Veep”) and Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) were among those honored at the Television Academy’s Emmy nominees writers reception on Tuesday night in North Hollywood. There, ceremony hosts, “Escape at Dannemora” star Eric Lange and “Veep’s” Sam Richardson, kept the show moving by tossing in [...]

  • Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart Return for 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes

    Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, John Oliver and Hasan Minhaj will again Stand Up for Heroes. Comedian Ronny Chieng will join the multi-talented group on stage for a night of music and comedy in honor of military veterans and their families at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4. The 13th annual event [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content