NBC raises praiser pair

Net promotes femmes to top PR posts

NBC has filled its two top entertainment publicity jobs, promoting Deborah Thomas and Liza Rindge-Peterson to the positions.

Thomas has been named vice president of entertainment publicity, overseeing all of the NBC Entertainment division’s day-to-day publicity efforts. She replaces Kathy Kelly-Brown, who moved east to serve as senior VP of corporate communications in New York.

Thomas will report to NBC Universal TV Group publicity senior VP Rebecca Marks.

“She has proven herself time and again in overseeing NBC’s spectrum of series publicity,” Marks said.

Thomas had served as VP of primetime and alternative series since last July. She’ll be replaced by Rindge-Peterson, who’s been named VP of primetime series and longform publicity.

Under the new structure, Rindge-Peterson will report to Thomas and focus on comedy, drama, reality and longform program publicity.

“I have every confidence in her reliable experience and acumen,” Marks said.

Thomas joined NBC as senior press manager in 1999, focusing on shows including “The West Wing” and “Will & Grace,” moving her way to director in February 2003 and later VP of media relations. She’s also worked on series including “ER” and “Frasier.”

Prior to NBC, Thomas spent two years as a senior publicist at CBS, receiving a Publicists Guild award nomination for her work promoting “Touched by an Angel.” Credits also include the “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” series for Paramount Network TV.

Rindge-Peterson, meanwhile, most recently served as VP for daytime programs, specials and longform publicity, working on events such as the Golden Globe awards and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; series such as “Days of Our Lives” and “Passions”; and longforms such as “Revelations” and “Hercules.” She’ll continue to oversee longform publicity.

Rindge-Peterson first joined NBC as a director in 2003; her credits also include stints at Lifetime, ABC and CBS. She received two Publicists Guild noms, for “The Drew Carey Show” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”

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