Dean Valentine

President and Chief Executive


Age: 44

Time Spent in L.A.: 90%

Highly regarded as former president of Walt Disney Television, developing "Home Improvement" and "Ellen" Also tinkered with "Golden Girls," "Blossom" and "Empty Nest" and revived "The Wonderful World of Disney," including the highly acclaimed "Cinderella" TV musical.

Magic has faded since joining UPN, as weblet stumbles along... Hopes to draw some sizzle from World Wrestling Federation on Thursday nights Considered thoughtful and honest in dealing with creative community.

Began at Disney in 1988 as a director of development in the TV department VP stripes added a year later, then senior vice president in 1990 Worked at NBC as director of comedy programming University of Chicago grad Moved west from New York, where he had worked at Life magazine and Saturday Review Considered an expert in animation, revamping ABC's Saturday-morning cartoon lineup... Developed Disney's syndicated animated afternoon block "Mighty Ducks," "Quack Pack" and "Darkwing Duck."

Tom Nunan


UPN Entertainment

Age: 37

Time Spent in L.A.: 95%

Well-liked and thoughtful, but so far can't pull a successful schedule together Prior to UPN, ran NBC Studios' prime-time series development from 1995 through 1997, then jumped to the weblet At NBC, developed "The Pretender" and "Profiler," and oversaw "Homicide: Life on the Streets."

Before joining NBC, headed Fox's prime-time development unit, developing "Martin" and "Living Single." At ABC, supervised 30 movies-of-the-week Before that, vice president at two independent production houses Weintraub Entertainment and Fries Entertainment where he was in charge of movies and miniseries departments... Began show biz career at HBO as a reader in the film department while still in college UCLA grad.

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