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Respected veteran local television production executive Randy King is out as production manager at Weigel Broadcasting, where he had held that job for the past year. Weigel Executive Vice-President Neal Sabin said the broadcasting company's needs in that arena had evolved over the past year and that King, despite his excellent credentials, was no longer ideally suited to the organization's production needs. Sabin said a couple of people will probably be hired to replace King, and they will work on developing local programming on multiple platforms for Weigel.

Prior to joining Weigel, King was president of production at Rivet Animation & Design and executive vice president for television at Window to the World Communications, parent of public television station WTTW-Channel 11. At Channel 11, King oversaw production of shows such as "CEO Exchange," "Soundstage" and "Legends of Jazz." Saban said he is still looking at candidates for the productions jobs at Weigel, and indicated he would have a clearer picture of how the new production arm will operate in about six weeks.

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