'Seinfeld' developer inks new multiyear pact

Rick Ludwin, NBC senior VP of specials, primetime series and latenight, has inked a multiyear renewal of his contract with the Peacock web.

Ludwin, a 17-year network veteran, is credited with developing such NBC franchises as “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Seinfeld,” which he continues to supervise. Ludwin also was influential in the network’s decision to tap Jay Leno as Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” successor.

“(Ludwin) is key to NBC’s current latenight dominance,” said Warren Littlefield, president of NBC Entertainment, to whom Ludwin reports.

NBC West Coast prexy Don Ohlmeyer added, “Rick has been a fixture at NBC for a number of reasons, the main one being his eye for talent.”

Ludwin was named to his current post in 1989. He oversees development and production of the network’s specials, variety shows and latenight fare, including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Ludwin joined NBC in March 1980 as director of variety programs. He was promoted to director of specials and variety series in October 1981, advancing in 1983 to VP of specials and variety programs.

Before coming to NBC, Ludwin worked as a producer for “The Mike Douglas Show” and for local TV stations WLS Chicago and WXYZ Detroit.

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