Friday, August 4, 2017

Company lawyer

GSN has promoted from within for its new president. Exec veep and general counsel (that means "lawyer") Mark Feldman will replace David Goldhill, whose decade-long tenure was easily the longest of any GSN chief.

I wish I could tell you what this means for the network's future direction, but I don't have the foggiest. GSN has recently recommitted to traditional game shows, with none of the reality and other experiments that have come and gone over the years. The schedule has been all-traditional for so long, I'm starting to think Gene Rayburn is the network's patron saint.

I can tell you what GSN's biggest need is...another prime time hit to complement Steve Harvey's Family Feud. They've tried and tried with both originals and acquisitions, but Harvey Feud remains the tent pole of the entire operation.

At least the entire TV operation. GSN has a whole 'nother side, of course, the video game business. As to what Mr. Feldman's new job means for the gaming operation, I'm even more clueless, if that's possible. I can only offer the ultimate TV cliche: stay tuned.

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