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Tom Nunan

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Tom NunanTom Nunan is best known as founder and partner of Bull’s Eye Entertainment, a mid-sized independent film and television production company. During his oversight as a partner in Bull's Eye, Nunan generated a television and film slate of more than 50 projects, including creating a strategic alliance with Sony Pictures TV. Nunan and his partners achieved worldwide fame and success for producing their Academy Award-winning Best Picture Crash, as well as other beloved titles including The Illusionist, Thumbsucker and Employee of the Month. Nunan also supervised the creation and production of many high-profile television projects including the Starz cable network adaptation of the series Crash, the Lifetime series Angela's Eyes and the CBS comedies All Grown Up and The Papdits.

Prior to forming Bull's Eye, Nunan was president of the United Paramount Network (UPN) now known as The CW. Nunan grew the network from two nights a week to its present schedule of six nights and had oversight of many departments including development & programming, scheduling, marketing, business affairs and a “dotted line” oversight of affiliates and sales. Nunan supervised more than 70 employees in the Los Angeles-based national headquarters, but also consulted and helped supervise the local programming efforts of many of the major market stations that help comprise the UPN web of stations. Nunan's successes while president of UPN included building many successful “event nights” of programming, including a highly rated African-American skewing Monday night schedule; a female teen drama night on Tuesdays; a science-fiction based programming grid for Wednesdays with a hugely successful W.W.E. franchise of wrestling on Thursdays. Fridays comprised UPN's Original Movie night, with Sunday's made up of a mix of younger skewing comedies and event dramas.

To run a network successfully, it must include the delicate integration of all of the departments mentioned above. Nunan's training as the head of NBC Studios perfectly prepared him for transacting in all of the key network departments.

As president of NBC Studios, Nunan grew the once tiniest of vertically integrated production companies into NBC's largest supplier of programming. While running the studio, Nunan oversaw a budget of more than $80 million in development costs, which led to the production of some of NBC's most cherished programs: Will & Grace, Profiler, The Pretender and even the CBS hit The King of Queens, which was generated at NBC Studios. Nunan oversaw a staff of more than 45 employees, ranging from business affairs, development/production and marketing. NBC was the No. 1 network at the time and Nunan was surrounded by some of TV's most enduring and successful executives: Don Ohlmeyer, Warren Littlefield, Steve McPherson, Jamie Tarses, Kevin Reilly, David Nevins and many others. Many on this team would go on to run other networks and studios, as Nunan did UPN.

Nunan's work at growing The Fox Broadcasting Company is what led to interest from the NBC network. While at Fox, Nunan originally ran its enormously successful comedy department — leading the way with The Ben Stiller Show, Martin, Living Single, In Living Color, Mad TV, Flying Blind and many others. Nunan's success as a comedy executive ultimately led to his oversight of all of Fox's primetime — including reality, comedy, drama and late night. Nunan was part of the team that grew Fox from a two-night-a-week service to a seven-night-a-week service.

Nunan began his network-programming career as the vice president in charge of movies at ABC, prior to successfully running long-form development and production for Jerry Weintraub, Chuck Fries and the Guber/Peters Company.

A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Nunan is now a member of the School's steering committee and teaches annually in its Graduate Producers Program.

Nunan is the former president of the Hollywood Radio & TV Society and is currently chairman of the Joyful Heart Foundation, created and founded by Emmy and Golden Globe-award winning actress Mariska Hargitay.

Nunan resides in Venice, Calif.