Bill Haber Named President and CEO of TRIO

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from USA Cable

    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Cable, a division of USA Networks,
 Inc.'s Entertainment unit, announced today that Bill Haber has been named
 President and CEO of TRIO, an entertainment cable television program service
 emphasizing all of the popular arts:  music, dance, theater, film, with
 events, performances and specials.
     "Right after purchasing TRIO, and being ambitious about it's growth,
 wanting it to be the preeminent program resource for the popular arts, we
 thought our ungettable prototype to lead a service like this was Bill Haber --
 ungettable because he had taken on responsibilities outside the entertainment
 business," said Barry Diller, Chairman and CEO, USA Networks, Inc.  "A month
 ago, I called him to ask his advice as to where we could look for this Bill
 Haber person -- cloning being currently unavailable, and excited by the
 challenge, he consented to rearrange his life so he could add this
 responsibility to all the others his ridiculous energy and organizational
 skills allow him to do ... we're more than lucky he's with us."
     "I've known and admired Barry Diller for thirty years.  My life is
 surrounded by music and the arts and I've experienced first hand the
 remarkable efforts of Save the Children.  This work with TRIO and the new
 theater company will allow me to combine much of what is important to me,"
 said Bill Haber.
     Mr. Haber currently serves as Advisor to the President of Save the
 Children, which he joined in 1995, as well as a member of the Board of
 Trustees of the Save the Children Federation in Westport, CT.  He will
 continue in both those roles.  He will also continue to develop and produce
 theatrical entertainment through USA Ostar Theatricals, a new jointly-owned
 company that will finance and produce theatrical productions and provide
 content for Trio.  Mr. Haber produced "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "1776"
 (revival), "Freak," "High Society," "The Iceman Cometh," "The Green Bird,"
 "Dirty Blonde," "Madame Melville," "Proof" and others.
     "Bill knows popular arts," said Stephen Chao, President, USA Cable.  "From
 packaging innovative, mainstream network shows to producing hit Broadway
 plays, Bill Haber is the rare individual whose eclectic enthusiasm in the arts
 brings remarkable focus to our ambitious channel.  Full steam ahead."
     "The entire TRIO team welcomes Bill Haber with terrific enthusiasm.  His
 unmatched exuberance for the popular arts combined with his prolific
 experience in the television industry make him the dead-center choice to be
 TRIO's chief architect.  Add to that TRIO's participation in USA Ostar
 Theatricals, and the channel begins realizing its commitment to produce new
 theatrical events for television and for the stage," said Patrick Vien,
 President of Emerging Networks at USA Cable.
     From 1964 to 1975, Mr. Haber was head of the talent department at the
 William Morris Agency.  In 1975 he co-founded Creative Artists Agency, the
 renowned Los Angeles-based literary and talent agency, and was there until
 1995 when he joined Save the Children.  He is currently executive producer of
 the CBS mini-series "Jack and the Beanstalk" and NBC's four-hour production
 "The Uprising."
     TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s
 (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is available to over 10 million U.S.
 subscribers through digital cable and satellite systems.
 
     For further information please contact Ron Sato of USA Cable,
 310-360-2389, rsato@usacable.net.
 
 

SOURCE USA Cable
    NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Cable, a division of USA Networks,
 Inc.'s Entertainment unit, announced today that Bill Haber has been named
 President and CEO of TRIO, an entertainment cable television program service
 emphasizing all of the popular arts:  music, dance, theater, film, with
 events, performances and specials.
     "Right after purchasing TRIO, and being ambitious about it's growth,
 wanting it to be the preeminent program resource for the popular arts, we
 thought our ungettable prototype to lead a service like this was Bill Haber --
 ungettable because he had taken on responsibilities outside the entertainment
 business," said Barry Diller, Chairman and CEO, USA Networks, Inc.  "A month
 ago, I called him to ask his advice as to where we could look for this Bill
 Haber person -- cloning being currently unavailable, and excited by the
 challenge, he consented to rearrange his life so he could add this
 responsibility to all the others his ridiculous energy and organizational
 skills allow him to do ... we're more than lucky he's with us."
     "I've known and admired Barry Diller for thirty years.  My life is
 surrounded by music and the arts and I've experienced first hand the
 remarkable efforts of Save the Children.  This work with TRIO and the new
 theater company will allow me to combine much of what is important to me,"
 said Bill Haber.
     Mr. Haber currently serves as Advisor to the President of Save the
 Children, which he joined in 1995, as well as a member of the Board of
 Trustees of the Save the Children Federation in Westport, CT.  He will
 continue in both those roles.  He will also continue to develop and produce
 theatrical entertainment through USA Ostar Theatricals, a new jointly-owned
 company that will finance and produce theatrical productions and provide
 content for Trio.  Mr. Haber produced "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "1776"
 (revival), "Freak," "High Society," "The Iceman Cometh," "The Green Bird,"
 "Dirty Blonde," "Madame Melville," "Proof" and others.
     "Bill knows popular arts," said Stephen Chao, President, USA Cable.  "From
 packaging innovative, mainstream network shows to producing hit Broadway
 plays, Bill Haber is the rare individual whose eclectic enthusiasm in the arts
 brings remarkable focus to our ambitious channel.  Full steam ahead."
     "The entire TRIO team welcomes Bill Haber with terrific enthusiasm.  His
 unmatched exuberance for the popular arts combined with his prolific
 experience in the television industry make him the dead-center choice to be
 TRIO's chief architect.  Add to that TRIO's participation in USA Ostar
 Theatricals, and the channel begins realizing its commitment to produce new
 theatrical events for television and for the stage," said Patrick Vien,
 President of Emerging Networks at USA Cable.
     From 1964 to 1975, Mr. Haber was head of the talent department at the
 William Morris Agency.  In 1975 he co-founded Creative Artists Agency, the
 renowned Los Angeles-based literary and talent agency, and was there until
 1995 when he joined Save the Children.  He is currently executive producer of
 the CBS mini-series "Jack and the Beanstalk" and NBC's four-hour production
 "The Uprising."
     TRIO, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s
 (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is available to over 10 million U.S.
 subscribers through digital cable and satellite systems.
 
     For further information please contact Ron Sato of USA Cable,
 310-360-2389, rsato@usacable.net.
 
 SOURCE  USA Cable