Network continues to shuffle executive deck
There’s more exec shuffling at the Peacock: NBC U TV Studio comedy chief Shelley McCrory is ankling her post, ending a 15-year career at the company.
McCrory, who’s been senior VP of comedy series for the studio in 2004, will leave next week when her contract is up. Her departure comes in the wake of studio chief Angela Bromstad’s pending exit and last month’s sudden departure of former NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly.
But despite the timing, a person familiar with the situation said McCrory actually told NBC U supremo Jeff Zucker and NBC U TV Studio co-chair Marc Graboff of her intentions to leave back in February.
McCrory leaves a solid track record behind. Since taking over the top comedy job at the studio three years ago, she helped develop the successful Thursday laffer “The Office” as well as “30 Rock,” the most critically hailed frosh comedy of last season. She also had a hand in “Aliens in America,” the new CW laffer that was developed by NBC U but is now being produced elsewhere.
Before moving into comedy, McCrory spent four years at the studio as senior VP of primetime series, where she helped develop shows such as “Crossing Jordan.” She had previously headed comedy development for the NBC network, where she helped birth Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks.”
McCrory joined NBC in 1992 as an assistant to Reilly, who at the time worked as VP of drama development at NBC. She rose to VP of primetime series, overseeing production on skeins such as “Friends” and “Providence.”