Valentine Leaves UPN
Dean Valentine's days of being
president of UPN are officially
over. The change comes one
month after UPN and CBS' parent
company, Viacom Inc.,
announced plans to merge
operations between the two
Viacom gave no explanation for
Valentine's departure, which was
announced late Friday. However,
Valentine's departure was
expected by many in the industry,
especially since it was clear that
the restructuring placed UPN
under the control of CBS.
Last month, at the time Viacom released its plans, Kerry McCluggage, who helped
launch UPN, resigned as head of the Paramount Television Group, which had overseen
UPN before it was put until control of CBS.
It's likely that Valentine also saw the writing on the wall. In September, Valentine filed a
breach-of-contract suit against his own company claiming he was owed more than $22
million in bonuses. The suit is still pending.
Valentine was named UPN's president in 1997, two years after the launch of the
network. While it is still struggling, UPN has made large strides in both audience
numbers and reach.