Paul & Rick, Together Again

By Brian 

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Rome Hartman reported directly to Sean McManus, but new EP Rick Kaplan will report to CBS News VP Paul Friedman. “That makes Mr. Friedman the de facto No. 2 executive in the division,” TV Week reports.The two men worked together and sometimes butted heads at ABC.

Michele Greppi writes: “McManus said he has no doubt there will be ‘very spirited discussions, and that’s great. But I don’t expect any issues with the two of them working together.’ He also said he would not have made the move unless Mr. Friedman was ‘completely, 100 percent, enthusiastically supportive.'”

> A tipster was blunt last week: “Kaplan hates Friedman and Friedman hates Kaplan.” It’s not that bad, right?…