TV Pioneer Jamie Kellner, Fox & WB Co-Founder, Dies at 77

Television visionary Jamie Kellner leaves a lasting legacy.

by Nouman Rasool
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TV Pioneer Jamie Kellner, Fox & WB Co-Founder, Dies at 77
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The television industry lost one of the most prominent executives – Jamie Kellner, who was involved in the development of both Fox and The WB broadcast networks. The 77-year-old was and died on Friday. Thickness in Television English: There is no doubt that Kellner has made his impact on television.

In his tenure with Fox, he was directly involved in the development of famous programs like “The Simpsons”, “Married…with Children”, “In Living colour”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, and “Cops”.

After this, when he was at The WB, he was also actively involved with such successes as “Dawsons creek”, “buffy vampire slayer”, “Gilmore Girls” and “7th Heaven. ” This At The WB, Kellner assisted in the nurturing of future masters of the craft, such as Greg Berlanti, JJ Abrams, Kevin Williamson, Joss Whedon and others.

Further, he had helped in the beginning of the careers of several comedians, many of which include Jamie Foxx and Steve Harvey as well as The Wayans Bros’, and although he may not be known for much else, Berlanti said, “I do not believe there is any other person in the TV history that can point out to the fact that he had initiated two new major broadcast networks that are FOX and The WB.

” "Jamie K It is almost as if he lived his life in TV to develop the generation and invest in generations of talent in front of and behind the camera. For all of us who worked for The WB, the loving and charming Camelot Dad he became survived to create a home for all of us, too.

Oh, he will surely be missed in our company and among the people he has interacted with. "

Turner Broadcasting Legacy

Kellner retired at 57. He had been Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting, replacing the founder Ted Turner.

He never went back to work. He sailed, played golf, and started a winery in Santa Ynez Valley, Cent'Anni. Of note at Turner Broadcasting are his efforts, such as the modernization of CNN against Fox and MSNBC, the growth of TNT, TBS, TCM, Cartoon Network, TNT Sports, and Atlanta Braves, Hawks, and NHL Thrashers.

Before becoming president of Fox at its inception, Kellner had made his mark at Orion with the legendary Arthur Krim. He formed a creative partnership with Lorne Michaels to acquire the rights to the original seasons of "Saturday Night Live," which they recut into a thriving, syndicated package of 30-minute episodes.

This caught the attention of Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch, leading to his becoming Fox's first President. Kellner had also enjoyed a successful tenure at Viacom before Orion. Kellner is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie, his daughter Melissa, his son Christopher, and three grandchildren, Jake, Scarlett, and Oliver. His legacy in television still lives on; he will be firmly and sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.

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