Tartikoff is best remembered as the man who transformed NBC into a television powerhouse. During his tenure from 1980-1991, Tartikoff developed the network into the top-rated network with innovative shows such as Hill Street Blues, Cheers, L.A. Law, The Cosby Show and Family Ties. He began his career at WLS-TV in Chicago and in 1976 moved to ABC in New York as a program executive. In 1977 he made the move to NBC where he rose to become the youngest president of the network at the age of 30. He then moved to Paramount Pictures and became its chairman (1991-92) and in 1995 formed his own production company. Tartikoff died of a third recurrence of Hodgkin’s disease in 1997 at the age of 48.