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Peter Calabrese
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Peter Calabrese is an award-winning director, producer and senior network executive with more than 30 years of experience in commercial network, syndication, cable and public television. He has been the creator of many successful commercial television programs. His work at the four top networks, HBO, and various studios and production and distribution companies has included some of TV’s most successful comedy, variety and talk shows, including series and specials with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Bob Hope, George Burns, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Howard Stern, The Smothers Brothers, Michael Douglas, Tony Orlando & Dawn, and Tom Jones. He has produced specials with Damon Wayans, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner, Kevin Pollack, Bill Maher, Steve Martin, Michael Jackson, Barry White, and Tina Turner, among others.

While at NBC, he supervised production of more than 600 hours of programming per year including The Tonight Show, and Saturday Night Live, and was actively involved in the development of SCTV, Late Night with David Letterman, and Motown 25. In 1980 he was responsible for moving David Letterman from a failing morning time-slot to the late night schedule.

In 1998, he was recruited to San Francisco's KQED as Vice President and Station Manager with the mandate to turn it into a national producer of PBS programming. During his tenure there, he developed and produced many innovative local and nationally broadcast series and won KQED's first Emmy in its 45-year history.

In 2002 he founded Q Media Partners, an SF-based television development company focused on creating high-quality, competitive programming for national broadcasters, including commercial broadcast networks, cable, and PBS.

Entries by Peter Calabrese

The Best Laid Plans

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Happy Veterans Day! And a Happy 238th Birthday to the Marine Corps.
The admiration of a grateful nation is with all our veterans today. Though there is no way to adequately convey our appreciation for their irreplaceable service and personal sacrifice in protecting our country, our freedoms and our...
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Scream for the OPS Team

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 11:16 AM

In the week since our week of blogs leading up to our nation's 237th birthday, we've been overwhelmed by the serious interest from veterans and the people who love them in our television series project OPS-USA. We've been spending all our time writing copy for our website,,...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 6:26 PM

Since I began writing blogs in an effort to get you interested and involved in our media project, OPS-USA, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with a lot of people from my past whom I've sent links to when I post them. Most have not responded at all,...

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The Time Is Right

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:27 PM

"Callin' Out Around the World
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right...."

This is my third blog about our media project, OPS-USA, and I'm still finding my style and looking for a clever attention-grabber as a way to connect with...

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It's Up to Us

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 1:51 PM

"And let each one perform some part,

To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home"

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" was an immensely popular song and was sung by both sides in the American Civil...

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It's Time

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 9:43 PM

n 1998, after nearly 30 years working in the entertainment industry and living in Los Angeles, I moved to San Francisco to run the local PBS station, KQED. Moving from a company town like Hollywood where I had developed many professional relationships and personal friendships, to a totally unfamiliar, cosmopolitan...

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