In September 1987, as Manager, Creative Affairs, Tarses was hired by Brandon Tartikoff of NBC Productions. Until 1996, Tarses worked continuously in various radical executive roles at NBC. Tarses helped Mates, Mad About You, Frasier, NewsRadio, and Caroline in the City grow at NBC.
In 1991, Tarses passed on the Baltimore jazz pilot to her father.
In 2005, Tarses entered into a partnership with producer Gavin Polone to form a production company named Pariah Productions. Later, Tarses had a production company called FanFare Productions at Sony Pictures Television.
In 1993, Jamie Tarses married Arses DreamWorks SKG television executive Dan McDermott.
In 1996, they divorced. David Letterman’s Late Show with David Letterman creator Robert Morton was also dated by Tarses.
Together with her partner, Paddy Aubrey, an executive chef, and restaurant owner, she had two children, Rachel and Jay.
According to a family source, the cause of death was heart complications from a cardiac accident last fall.
We are saddened at the passing of Jamie Tarses, one of our very first board members. Jamie was the first woman to run a network entertainment division and was dedicated to storytelling. We are so grateful for her support, leadership, and generosity. She will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/DRwRuQt6MS