Peacock plumes pic VP to find reality skeins

Exec will remain attached to longforms being developed

NBC longform exec Jennifer O’Connell is getting real.

O’Connell, who had worked in the net’s movies and minis department, has been named VP of alternative programs for the Peacock. She’ll concentrate on developing and overseeing the net’s roster of reality skeins while remaining attached to longform programs she had been developing.

“Her genuine knack for finding new longform hits will now be used to enhance our alternative series while she also will continue to oversee some of her former projects,” said Jeff Gaspin, NBC U cable entertainment group prexy, to whom O’Connell will report.

O’Connell has been at NBC since August 2000, starting out as a director of movies and minis; she was upped to VP in 2002. Among the projects O’Connell worked on for NBC: blockbuster mini “10.5,” “Saving Jessica Lynch” and “It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie.”

She’s currently developing Anne Rice’s “The Witching Hour” and “The ’80s,” among other projects.

Before NBC, O’Connell worked at both the Disney Channel and the Family Channel.

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