Jamie Kellner, former head of Turner Broadcasting has passed away

According to a report from Variety, Jamie Kellner who was the former head of Turner Broadcasting has passed away at his home on Friday in Motecito, CA.

He was 77 years-old.

Kellner had a huge impact on the television business in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s., with building FOX and The WB.

The report notes Kellner’s impact includes landmark programming on FOX, such as “The Simpsons,” “Married…With Children,” “Cops,” “In Living Color” and “21 Jump Street.”

For the The WB, Kellner helped create the successful shows consisting of “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” “7th Heaven” and “Felicity” He even worked with Lorne Michaels in the first syndication sale of “Saturday Night Live.”

Kellner is best known for making the ultimate decision to cancel WCW programming on TNT and TBS, when he took over the Head of Turner Broadcast, having succeededTed Turner in 2000. As WCW was continuing to lose revenue, Kellner wanted AOL/Time Warner to go into a different programming direction.

Wrestleview sends its condolences to the family and friends of Jamie Kellner, during this difficult and sad time.

At the time of this report, no cause of death has been reported.