Fred Dressler, a programming executive with Time Warner Cable and its predecessor American Television & Communications, died on Dec. 24. He was 66.
At his retirement in 2006, Dressler was EVP of programming at TWC. In charge of TWC’s network carriage deals, Dressler earned a reputation as a tough negotiator.
He was credited with developing a digital sports tier at TWC in 2003 and participated in the launch of SportsNet New York. Dressler was also a founder of E! Entertainment Television and helped develop the In Demand channel.
Dressler also served as chairman of the advisory board of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He graduated from Syracuse in 1963.
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