Peacock unveils part of new lineup
NBC unveiled a portion of its new executive structure Tuesday but left several slots open and questions unanswered.
As expected, Katherine Pope has been named exec VP of NBC Entertainment, the No. 2 job under entertainment topper Kevin Reilly (Daily Variety, Jan. 9). She replaces Ghen Maynard, who isn’t expected to remain with NBC Universal, although nothing official has been determined.
Meanwhile, the Peacock still hasn’t confirmed strong speculation that NBC U TV Group exec veep Marc Graboff is about to take a bigger role at the company, including oversight above Reilly of matters unrelated to programming or creative activities.
Also uncertain: Who will head the net’s drama development department as VP Michael Thorn exits the network. And comedy development senior VP Cheryl Dolins is leaving her gig, as previously noted, but hasn’t yet finalized her exit.
Joining Pope is Jeff Ingold, who takes over Dolins’ job as senior VP of comedy development. Both Pope and Ingold are network alums who more recently had been working at the sister NBC Universal TV Studio and now slide back to the Peacock web.
NBC execs declined to elaborate on the moves or the missing pieces, but in a statement, Reilly said he had “known and respected Katherine’s and Jeff’s work since their previous term at the network.”
“The timing of these moves will allow this new team to be integrally involved in pilot decisions at this important stage in our development season,” he added.
Network insiders said the changes were necessary because of “chemistry” issues, and that the net decided to make the switch now rather than leave things to fester until the end of development season.
Move also could change the dynamic between the network and the studio, bringing the two sides closer together now that Pope and Ingold have shifted back to the web.
“I believe with this transition we have the opportunity to have the strongest studio-network relationship in town, which is essential to both businesses,” said NBC U TV Studio prexy Angela Bromstad.
New structure also drops the network’s brief experiment with a “team” development system, in which some execs focused on development from NBC U TV while others worked exclusively on projects from outside studios.
Pope had served as senior VP of drama at NBC U TV Studio since 2004; before that she was VP of drama at NBC Entertainment. She joined the Peacock as an entertainment associate at NBC Studios in 2000. Her other credits include serving as a writer and producer on VH1’s “Behind the Music” and a documentary producer at CBS.
Ingold was promoted to senior VP of comedy at NBC U TV Studio last summer, having been VP since 2004. Before that, he was VP of comedy development at NBC. Prior to the Peacock, he was manager of creative affairs at Greenblatt-Janollari Studio.