NBC gives Holmes a home for specials

Exec extends stay, will branch into on-air programs

NBC has sealed a deal with Bob Holmes — the man behind the Peacock’s special events — to stick with the net for another two years.

As part of the deal, Holmes will branch into on-air programs, producing a series of specs for NBC’s varied networks.

Holmes and his company, Holmes Communications Group, produce almost 70 events annually for the Peacock, including the net’s annual upfront presentations and affiliate meetings.

In addition, he handles the network’s press tours, the NBC Soap Fan Festival and Fan Fair.

Holmes serves as executive producer and executive in charge of production of the NBC special projects and events department. He reports to NBC Enterprises exec VP Jerry Petry.

“Bob has implemented systems and formed alliances that have saved NBC millions of dollars while at the same time raising the quality of all of these projects,” Petry said. “We look forward to more superior events and now broadcast specials with Bob at the helm for the next two years.”

Holmes’ new NBC producing duties will include specs for NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax TV.

“His creativity, expertise and complete dedication to making every project a major success have been invaluable to us,” NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said. “Given Bob’s track record, it only made sense to now expand his role into producing specials.”

Holmes came up with the idea of an inhouse production unit to handle events and original promo and commercial shoots for the Peacock, where he’s overseen the division since 1995.

Exec originally worked at NBC as a producer in the net’s on-air promo department before leaving in 1983 to help launch the Disney Channel.

Holmes spent over a decade at Disney Channel, working his way up to exec director of creative development, handling the cabler’s shortform programming.

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