Gary Kessler has been named to the newly created post of vice president of miniseries and motion pictures for NBC Entertainment.
Kessler has served in the same post at NBC’s production arm, NBC Studios, since December 1995. His replacement at NBC Studios is expected to be named soon.
Among Kessler’s top priorities in his new post will be working with Hallmark Entertainment on the development of “Merlin,” a four-hour medieval-period piece in the works for the upcoming season. He reports to Lindy DeKoven, executive VP of miniseries, motion pictures and longform programming for NBC Entertainment and NBC Studios.
Kessler’s appointment at NBC Entertainment brings him back to the department where he started at the network in 1993. As director of miniseries and motion pictures, Kessler was involved in the development of such successful NBC made-fors as “Gulliver’s Travels,” “Robin Cook’s Virus” and Neil Simon’s “London Suite.”
Prior to joining NBC, Kessler spent five years overseeing longform TV development for Fries Entertainment.