Groff makes home at NBC
“Father of the Pride” showrunner Jonathan Groff is staying in the Peacock pack.Scribe-producer has inked a new two-year, seven-figure deal with NBC Universal Television Studio. Pact calls for Groff — who began his NBC career as the head writer for “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” — to develop fresh programming for the studio while working on existing series. In addition to “Pride,” Groff wrote for the Peacock dramedy “Ed” and developed NBC pilot “The Jake Effect.” Latter didn’t get on the air but remains a fave of many industry insiders, including NUTS co-prexy Angela Bromstad. “It’s one of the best pilots that never got on the air,” Bromstad said. “It’s a fine example of his work. He’s one of those super-smart, sophisticated writers who’s poised to have his next big hit on NBC.” Bromstad has been at the network since 2000, but this deal reps the first brokered since the NBC-Universal merger and the arrivals of Bromstad and David Kissinger as heads of the studio. Groff, who’s been working on Rodney Rothman’s NUTS pilot “Early Bird,” said he’s quickly meshed with the new management and is looking forward to coming up with fresh ideas for comedy series. With the Peacock (and other nets) desperately in search of comedy breakouts, it seems “like an opportune time to be developing for NBC,” Groff told Daily Variety. “Plus, it’s close to my house.” Before joining “Late Night” in 1995, UTA-repped Groff wrote for Jon Stewart’s MTV talker and Comedy Central’s late “Short Attention Span Theater.” He also did some standup work. Scribe is a former “Jeopardy!” champ who’s competing in the skein’s “ultimate” tourney of champions. His episode is slated to air May 6.
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