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Name: Brandon Tartikoff                                                               
Born: January 13, 1949                                                                 
Died August 27, 1997                                                                   
Brandon Tartikoff (January 13, 1949 - August 27, 1997) was a popular NBC               
executive who was credited with turning around NBC's low prime time reputation         
with such hit series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, ALF, Family Ties, The Cosby       
Show, Cheers, Miami Vice, The Golden Girls, Knight Rider, The A-Team, St.             
Elsewhere, Night Court, Hunter, Highway to Heaven, Matlock, Remington Steele, A       
Different World, 227 and Empty Nest.                                                   
Tartikoff also helped develop Punky Brewster, for which he named the title             
character after a girl he had a crush on in school. Brandon, the pet dog on           
Punky Brewster, was named after Tartikoff. He was also involved in the creation       
of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Beggars and Choosers.                               
Born in Freeport, New York, Tartikoff was a graduate of the Lawrenceville School       
and Yale University, and started his career at WLS-TV in Chicago, Illinois.           
While attending Yale, Tartikoff worked as an account executive and sales manager       
of WNHC-TV in New Haven, Connecticut and Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating       
from Yale, he took a series of jobs in advertising and local television.