CBS has confirmed to me that former CBS Entertainment President B. Donald “Bud” Grant, a very well-liked TV executive, passed away about 10 days ago. There was no announcement at the request of his family. Grant resigned after seven years in the job and 15 years at the network and immediately announced the formation of Bud Grant Productions with commitments from CBS for program development. He also formed Grant/Tribune Prods, a five-year partnership with indie TV station group owner Tribune Broadcasting Co as well as a first-look production and distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Studios that gave Disney distribution rights on all jointly produced properties.
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