Peacock to unveil its new team
After several days of speculation, NBC is expected to finally unveil its new development team structure Tuesday.Pieces of that new lineup were still being put into place Monday night; the latest setup had NBC drama vice prexy Michael Thorn leaving the network. Thorn would join comedy senior VP Cheryl Dolins in departing NBC as part of a radical shift in how the network handles development. After a nine-month tryout, a two-tiered “team” approach — in which comedy and drama execs are divided into packs handling development from sib NBC Universal TV Studio vs. projects from outside sources — has been scrapped (Daily Variety, Jan. 9). As part of the shift, some former NBC execs who had moved over to NBC Universal TV Studio are now heading back to the network. That includes Katherine Pope, who is taking over for Ghen Maynard as exec VP of primetime development, and Jeff Ingold, who is expected to fill the top comedy slot. The top drama job is still up in the air, although with Thorn departing, remaining drama VP Chris Castallo would be an obvious candidate. Peacock was still in negotiations late Monday with Maynard about staying with the NBC U conglom in a different capacity, but it wasn’t clear yet whether he’d be remaining. In one more moving piece, NBC is expected to define NBC Universal TV Group exec VP Marc Graboff’s new role at the company. NBC U TV CEO Jeff Zucker has tapped Graboff to take a larger role at the network, with NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly reporting to him on some matters. Such a shift reps Zucker’s first big move since taking over the CEO gig late last year, and also rewards a loyal lieutenant in the well-respected Graboff, who’s considered a strong facilitator at the net.