John S. Pike is an American television and movie producer. He has served as a senior executive at the network and studio level, as well as formed and produced numerous projects under his own production banner John Pike Productions. Pike is a founding partner in AMP…The Communications Partnership.
Life and career
Pike is best known for his accomplishments while serving as President, Paramount Network Television and International Production. During his tenure he was responsible for the development, production, marketing, and financial management of a full spectrum of television series, tele-films, and miniseries for the broadcast and pay networks as well as first-run television syndication. Programs included Frasier, Cheers, Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge, Dear John, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, George Lucas' The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Space, and Wings. Pike also was responsible for numerous network and pay television specials including Sinatra, Concert for the Americas, Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, Cher: A Celebration at Caesars Palace, John Frankenheimer's Rainmaker, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, and Plaza Suite starring Carol Burnett.
Pike also served in a dual capacity at MGM/UA. As Executive Vice President of Television, he was responsible for the development and production of series and tele-film for the broadcast and pay networks. Responsibilities also included providing synergistic liaison between MGM/UA and MGM Grand Gaming and Hotel Properties. John Pike Productions also had an exclusive production arrangement with MGM/UA and produced projects that included Body and Soul, Meschak, MGM on Ice, and Daily Edition.
As Senior Vice President Network Television and Senior Vice President Late Night Programming, CBS Network, Pike was responsible for the production of the Late Show with David Letterman and the development and production of The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder.
Pike also served as Vice President Program Development, in NBC's Television Station division, as well as Program Director/Manager for WBZ-TV Boston, Massachusetts and WKYC-TV Cleveland, Ohio. He also served in various on-air, news, and production capacities in West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida.
In addition to his professional activities, Pike also regularly lectures at the university level. He has also assisted in teaching Entertainment Management at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Pike serves on the President's Council of The University of Miami. He also is a founding member of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage's National Advisory Council. Pike is married to the former Vicki Norman and has a daughter, Jill.