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Burke, McCrory back in programming exec roles

Two top programming executives at NBC, Karey Burke and Shelley McCrory, have chosen to renew their contracts.

Contracts are up for a slew of NBC’s programming executives, and several have chosen to leave the web in recent weeks. However, Burke, a senior vice president of primetime series, and McCrory, a vice president of primetime series, have reupped, ending speculation about their futures.

“Individually, these are both executives who have made outstanding contributions to our success,” said NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield. “Most organizations in broadcasting first look to NBC to repopulate their organizations, and it’s an understatement to say they had choices.”

NBC recently lost two VPs of primetime series, Kate Juergens, who went to the WB, and Bob Levy, who plans to work with director Jim Burrows. Several other executives are still negotiating with NBC or are considering outside offers: senior VP David Nevins, VP Steve McPherson and VP John Landgraf.

Burke, who reports to Littlefield, was first named senior VP of primetime series in 1996, and as one of NBC’s four programming team leaders, she handles comedy and drama development and current programming.

Burke and her team have been responsible for shepherding “Just Shoot Me,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Working,” “Veronica’s Closet,” “Mad About You,” “Friends,” “Homicide” and the upcoming “All My Life,” “Conrad Bloom” and “Providence.”

Burke began at NBC in 1988 as an assistant in comedy development. She worked briefly at ABC productions from 1991 to 1993, before returning to NBC, where she rose through the ranks to her current post.

McCrory’s new deal allows her to split her time between the East Coast and the West Coast, which she wanted for personal reasons. Littlefield said she’ll spend one week a month in New York, but will maintain her primetime series duties.

McCrory has been responsible for overseeing “Veronica’s Closet” and “Friends.” She first joined NBC in 1992 as an assistant in drama development, and after several promotions, she rose to vice president of primetime series in 1997.

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