NBC keeps latenight light on for Ludwin

Peacock vet best known for developing 'Seinfeld'

HOLLYWOOD — NBC latenight chief Rick Ludwin has signed a new deal keeping him at the Peacock for the next three years.

Ludwin, who oversees production of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Last Call With Carson Daly,” has been with NBC for 23 years. He has most recently served as senior vice president of latenight and primetime series.

Outside of latenight, Ludwin is probably best known as the exec who developed NBC’s “Seinfeld” and pushed the net to stick with the show even after its slow start. Ludwin also developed the net’s “Unsolved Mysteries” and its “Moment of Truth” movie franchise.

Specials mastermind

He also handles latenight-related specials such as the upcoming “Late Night” anniversary.

“Rick is truly one of the good guys in programming, and he has provided a creative yet steady hand in an ever-evolving genre,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker, to whom Ludwin reports. “He has unmatched experience in many programming arenas, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with him.”

Ludwin first joined NBC in March 1980 as director of variety programs, moving up to VP of specials and variety in 1983 and senior VP of specials, variety and latenight in 1989.

Exec’s credits also include overseeing programs such as “The 50th Primetime Emmy Awards” and “The NBC 75th Anniversary Special.”

Prior to NBC, Ludwin served as a producer for shows such as “America Alive” and for local stations including WLS Chicago.

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