Exec to develop primetime skeins and specs
Veteran “Saturday Night Live” producer Marci Klein has been tapped as prexy of SNL Studios Television, the small screen production arm of the NBC-owned unit.
Klein’s duties in the newly created post will include developing primetime skeins and specs with “SNL” thesps and scribes, as well as with outside talent. She’ll also direct marketing-related efforts involving the “SNL” brand.
“If anyone can lead us into primetime, it’s Marci,” said SNL Studios chairman Lorne Michaels, to whom Klein will report. Klein will continue to serve as co-producer of “Saturday Night Live.”
NBC West Coast prexy Scott Sassa said he looked forward to Klein “playing a key role with SNL Studios in not only bringing in new talent but keeping ‘SNL’ stars and writers here at the network as they extend into areas beyond latenight.”
The Gotham-based Klein has been an “SNL” staffer since 1989. As co-producer, her main responsibilities include heading the show’s talent department, where she’s responsible for booking hosts and musical guests. Klein had a role in the casting of most members of the current “SNL” ensemble.
In addition to producing television programming for NBC, SNL Studios has a partnership with Paramount Pictures, which has resulted in pics such as “Superstar,” “A Night at the Roxbury” and the upcoming Tim Meadows’ starrer “The Ladies’ Man.”