Former Promax/BDA CEO Jim Chabin is again a free agent, ready for the next step in a career that has passed through the revolving doors of two of television’s biggest professional organizations.
Mr. Chabin last week finalized an out from his Promax/BDA contract, ending a 4½-year run atop the organization. The finale came after Mr. Chabin did a stint in the purgatory of administrative leave, where he was consigned after disagreements with the body’s board.
Few expect Mr. Chabin to stay still for long. Both friends and adversaries have a common take on the man.
“He’s a guy who gets a vision and makes it happen no matter what stands in his way; that’s a good thing if you are behind him, a bad thing if you’re the one trying to slow him down,” said one board member of Promax/BDA.
Neither Mr. Chabin nor Promax/BDA would comment on the terms of his separation from the organization.
The man who began his career in show business at age 16 as a radio DJ in Kansas City and marked off stints in marketing at CBS Television Stations, KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and E! Entertainment Television doesn’t have immediate plans.
“I’ll be looking for something out there that will probably be a little less broad in responsibility and more entrepreneurial,” Mr. Chabin said in an interview with TelevisionWeek last week.