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Also Known As: Earle Hamilton Lemasters Iii Died:
Born: November 16, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: California, USA Profession: executive, producer

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A former TV executive, whose duties included a stint as president of CBS Entertainment, Kim LeMasters has also been an independent producer both before and after serving as president of Stephen J Cannell ProductionsLeMasters began his career at ABC in 1972 serving as supervisor of primetime development. During his years at that network, LeMasters had a hand in the development of such series as "Starsky and Hutch", "Harry O" and "Kung Fu". In 1974, LeMasters joined Warner Bros. TV as director of development, having a role in placing "Alice" and "Wonder Woman" on the air. LeMasters was lured to CBS in 1976 as director of drama development and later was promoted to vice president. Under his aegis, such legendary hits as "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" were launched. LeMasters rose up the ranks at CBS, but in 1984, stymied in his progress at the network, he left to join the Walt Disney Company as executive vice president, theatricals. The time away was short-lived as LeMasters rejoined CBS in 1985 as vice president miniseries; within two years, he had moved closer to the crown as vice president, programming. In 1988, he won the brass ring, being named president of CBS Entertainment, a period during which...

A former TV executive, whose duties included a stint as president of CBS Entertainment, Kim LeMasters has also been an independent producer both before and after serving as president of Stephen J Cannell Productions

LeMasters began his career at ABC in 1972 serving as supervisor of primetime development. During his years at that network, LeMasters had a hand in the development of such series as "Starsky and Hutch", "Harry O" and "Kung Fu". In 1974, LeMasters joined Warner Bros. TV as director of development, having a role in placing "Alice" and "Wonder Woman" on the air. LeMasters was lured to CBS in 1976 as director of drama development and later was promoted to vice president. Under his aegis, such legendary hits as "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" were launched. LeMasters rose up the ranks at CBS, but in 1984, stymied in his progress at the network, he left to join the Walt Disney Company as executive vice president, theatricals. The time away was short-lived as LeMasters rejoined CBS in 1985 as vice president miniseries; within two years, he had moved closer to the crown as vice president, programming. In 1988, he won the brass ring, being named president of CBS Entertainment, a period during which the Eye network launched "Murphy Brown" and "Wiseguy", fell to third place in the ratings wars and was undergoing corporate upheaval. LeMasters resigned from CBS in 1989, bruised and battered but under his own steam. He formed his own LeMasters Productions with a deal at Lorimar, but eventually joined Stephen J Cannell Productions as president in 1992, taking the reigns of a company with such programs as "The Commish", "Renegade" and "Silk Stalkings" in its mix. When New World bought Cannell Prods. in 1995, LeMasters' contract was shifted to a production deal. As a producer, LeMasters has blossomed. He already had created the syndicated series "Hawkeye" in 1994 and in 1996, launched "Two", a one-hour drama syndicated series under his own banner. LeMasters also executive produced a "Wiseguy" reunion movie that aired on ABC in 1996. In 1997, he executive produced a busted pilot for a new version of the hits CBS series "Hawaii Five-0". For the big screen, LeMasters was one of the producers of "Wild Wild West" (1999), which teamed Will Smith and George Clooney in the roles originated on TV by Robert Conrad and the late Ross Martin. Later that year, he was appointed as chairman and CEO of Replay Networks Inc., a digital home video recording company.

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1972:
Began career as supervisor, primetime development at ABC
1974:
Joined team at Warner Bros. TV
1976:
Named director, drama development at CBS
1984:
Appointed executive vice president, theatricals at Disney
1985:
Returned to CBS as vice president, miniseries
1987:
Appointed vice president programming, CBS Entertainment
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Served as president, CBS Entertainment (resigned 1989)
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Formed LeMasters Productions, an independent production company with ties to Lorimar
1992:
Joined Stephen J Cannell Productions as president
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Became an executive producer and script writer for the USA Network series "Silk Stalkings"
1994:
Created syndicated "Hawkeye" series
1995:
When Cannell was sold to New World, shifted back to production with a contact with the company
1996:
Launched the syndicated series "Two"
1999:
Appointed chair and CEO fo the digital home video recording company Replay Networks, Inc.
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1971

Notes

Of his days as president, CBS Entertainment, LeMasters told Electronic Media (April 22, 1996): "There had been no refreshment of product. Once that occurs, there's a certain atrophy that begins to take place that's exceedingly difficult to overcome, no matter how good a programmer is ... If I had a regret, it was that I didn't sit it out for one more year because I would have reaped the benefits [of CBS climb back in the ratings]. That would have certainly been a different spin on my life, but I certainly know I made the right decision. It was not healthy for me to be there."

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wife:
Donna LeMasters.

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daughter:
Bree LeMasters. Born in January 1976.
daughter:
Jill LeMasters. Born in September 1980.
son:
Earle LeMasters IV. Born in October 1985.

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