NBC boosts program VPs

Chung, Bernstein earn veep stripes

NBC’s entertainment division has bumped up two programming execs, handing VP stripes to staffers Edwin Chung and Nick Bernstein.

Effective immediately, Chung has been named VP of current series, while Bernstein will serve as VP of latenight and primetime series.

Chung will report to current programs senior VP Erin Gough Wehrenberg, while Bernstein reports to Rick Ludwin, exec VP of latenight and primetime series. Both execs announced the moves Monday.

Ludwin cited Bernstein’s “great relationships with producers, writers, directors and talent” as well as an ability “to identify and nurture new comedic and musical performers.”

As for Chung, Gough Wehrenberg said the exec had “demonstrated keen creative instincts” in working on series such as “My Name Is Earl” and “Scrubs.” He’ll also oversee frosh skeins “Friday Night Lights” and “30 Rock,” as well as midseason laffers “Andy Barker, P.I.” and “The Singles Table.”

Chung is charged with helping come up with product integration, Web content and promotional angles to the shows he works on. He previously served as director of current series at NBC, a job he had held since May 2004, and joined the Peacock in January 2002 as an entertainment associate.

Chung launched his career at Touchstone Pictures in 1998 as a business planner.

Bernstein will continue to work on NBC late-night skeins including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Last Call With Carson Daly” and “Saturday Night Live.”

The exec will also work on primetime specs such as “Saturday Night Live in the ’90s” and “NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly.”

Bernstein, who joined NBC as a page, had served as director in the late night and primetime series department since August 2004.

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