Peacock lifts Frank to exec veep
Kevin Reilly has made his first major structural change since taking over the top NBC Entertainment job, reorganizing his current programs department under topper Ted Frank.
Frank has been upped to exec VP of the current programs division, while Erin Gough Wehrenberg has joined the department as Frank’s No. 2; she previously served as VP of comedy development.
Edwin Chung has also joined the department as a director, moving over from primetime comedy development, where he served as manager.
Promotion reps a big reward for Frank, who has been with NBC since 1975. The exec has been senior VP of current series since May 1999, overseeing production on the Peacock’s comedy and drama lineup.
Frank will continue to report to Reilly, who made the announcement Thursday.
“No one in the programming ranks has been more of an advocate for our product and our network that Ted Frank,” Reilly said. “His institutional memory and strategic advice will be invaluable to me on a daily basis in his new, expanded role at NBC.”
Frank first joined the net as a research associate, moving up the ranks in that division before eventually moving to the programming side. He handled production on “Frasier” throughout its run and also handled NBC’s ongoing interest in shows such as “Friends,” “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show” and “Mad About You.” He also helped develop “Will & Grace.”
As for Gough Wehrenberg, the exec first joined NBC as an intern in 1994. She has served in a variety of roles, including VP of current programming, handling shows such as “Friends,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “Ed.” She’ll report to Frank.
Chung, meanwhile, will report to Gough Wehrenberg. He most recently worked on NBC’s 2004-05 comedy pilots.