HBO executive David Bartis is close to inking a deal with NBC Studios to replace Tom Nunan as the head of primetime series for the network’s inhouse production arm.
Bartis, now VP of creative affairs at HBO Independent Prods. and VP of original programming and animation at HBO, is essentially the No. 3 executive at HBO Indie Prods. under president Chris Albrecht and executive VP Lowell Mate.
Bartis has no signed deal yet with NBC and no start date, but it is understood that NBC has definitely decided on him to replace Nunan and that Bartis has accepted the post. Nunan, who was senior VP of primetime series at NBC Studios, left earlier this fall to become the entertainment chief at netlet UPN.
At NBC, Bartis will be the top creative, development and current programming executive for all primetime series generated inhouse, including shows such as “Union Square” and “Working.” He’ll work closely with Karey Burke and David Nevins, who are senior VPs of primetime series at NBC Entertainment.
NBC, Bartis and HBO had no comment, but some insiders were surprised by the choice of Bartis, particularly because several inhouse Peacock candidates were also seriously considered for the job.
Bartis joined HBO Indie Prods. in 1991 as the VP of creative affairs, and added the dual title of VP of original programming and animation at HBO in 1993. At HBO, Bartis helped oversee development and current programming for both the cablenet and its productions for outside networks, such as the CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Bartis was the executive supervising Fox’s “Martin” for several seasons, and he oversaw current production on “Roc,” “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Daddy Dearest,” “Get Smart” and “The Last Frontier” — all on behalf of HBO. He also supervised HBO’s adult animated series “Spawn” and “Spicy City.”
Prior to working at HBO, Bartis was the director of programming at Quincy Jones Entertainment, where he worked with NBC to develop and launch “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” He was also the executive in charge of TelePicture’s syndicated show “Jesse Jackson.”