NBC is close to promoting Ted Frank to the web’s top scheduling post, which has been vacant since the March departure of longtime Peacock skedder Preston Beckman.
In addition, Frank — who was named senior veepee of current series and program scheduling — will continue to oversee the network’s current programming department. Frank reports to NBC Entertainment prexy Garth Ancier.
By merging the two units, sources said Ancier hopes to resolve any conflicts between program schedulers and the execs who oversee the current series unit.
Frank has headed the production of NBC’s comedy and drama series as senior veep of current series since May 1999.
The vet NBC exec first joined the Peacock in 1975 as a research associate and member of NBC’s College Management Development Program. He held various positions in the research department, including vice president. In that post, he was responsible for all programming and advertising research.
Frank later moved to the programming side, including a stint as VP of current series in 1992 and veep of primetime series in 1994.
Dan Harrison, who had been serving as NBC’s interim head of scheduling since Beckman’s departure, has decided to leave the network. Harrison, who joined the Peacock as Beckman’s lieutenant in 1996, most recently served as vice president of program planning and scheduling.
Insiders said Harrison was offered a contract to remain with the Peacock but decided to pursue other opportunities.
Beckman, who had served as exec VP of program planning and scheduling, officially joined Fox as chief scheduler earlier this month. During his long tenure as the Peacock’s sked king, Beckman was considered an integral part of the NBC Entertainment management team.