Jamie Tarses, a former senior NBC-TV development executive, is expected to begin serious negotiations with Walt Disney Co. this weekend about joining ABC Entertainment as president. Tarses, who until recently went by her married name Jamie McDermott, is officially released from her contract with NBC on Saturday.
Sources say Ted Harbert, the current president, has been offered a new position as chairman of ABC Entertainment but may not accept the job. The sticking point is how responsibilities would be divided with Tarses. Television industry sources say Tarses apparently expects autonomy on development and programming matters.
Disney management is reluctant to give her full responsibilities over the network because of her inexperience in areas other than development, such as marketing and affiliate relations.
* Jonathan Burrows and his Fletch Productions have reached an agreement to develop film properties for Santa Monica-based Condor Communications.
* Scott Holtzman has been named senior vice president of music business/legal affairs for Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.
* Rosalie Zalis has been appointed liaison to the entertainment industry by Gov. Pete Wilson.
* Ben Means has been promoted to senior vice president of physical distribution for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.