Jamie Tarses

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Sara James "Jamie" Tarses (born March 19, 1966) was head of ABC's entertainment division from 1996 to 1999, the first woman and one of the youngest people to hold such a post in an American broadcast network. She is the daughter of television writer Jay Tarses.

Amanda Peet, who played Jordan McDeere, the head of fictional network NBS on NBC show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, has said that her character was "loosely based" on Tarses.[1] A rough draft of the script for Studio 60 had Amanda Peet's character named "Jamie".

Jamie Tarses was a consultant for Studio 60. When she was senior vice president of primetime series for NBC, she had a major role in developing Friends and Wings, which starred Studio 60 actors Matthew Perry and Steven Weber, respectively.

Tarses was co-producer of My Boys, a comedy television show about a female sports reporter, which was shown on TBS cable television network from November 28, 2006 until September 14, 2010. In 2010, Tarses served as executive producer on several television series, including Mr. Sunshine, Happy Endings, and Franklin & Bash.


  1. ^ Amanda Peet segment, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 20 October 2006. Peet: "I'm the head of network … The role is loosely based on Jamie Tarses…".

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Business positions
Preceded by
Ted Harbert
President of ABC Entertainment
Succeeded by
Susan M. Lyne