Exec to head programming, development
In a substantial promotion, NBC Entertainment has put exec VP Teri Weinberg in charge of both current programming and development.
Weinberg, who has overseen development at the Peacock since joining last summer, moves closer to handling many of the duties traditionally overseen by entertainment toppers (NBC has no entertainment president at the moment).
She’ll continue reporting to NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chairmen Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff.
“Teri and her team did a great job on ‘Knight Rider,’ which we’re really excited about, and we’re also really impressed with the work she and her team did with ‘Lipstick Jungle,’ ” Silverman said. “I’ve been excited by the material she’s putting together.”
Promotion of Weinberg — a longtime Silverman ally who worked with him at Reveille — comes in the wake of a realignment of NBC’s current series and development divisions.
“It makes perfect sense to have one executive invested in a show to be with that program through the course of its life,” Weinberg said. “This is an opportunity for everyone to help each other bring talent to development and vice versa.”
Weinberg’s expanded domain is also a recognition of the fact that Silverman has been focusing on big-picture issues, with Weinberg often taking a lead role in day-to-day creative matters.
Weinberg teamed with Silverman to develop skeins such as “The Office,” “Ugly Betty” and “The Tudors” while the duo were at Reveille. Silverman has hinted at broader responsibilities for Weinberg from almost the moment both execs arrived at NBC.
Meanwhile, Erin Gough Wehrenberg, who had headed current at the network, is moving over to Universal Media Studios. She’ll serve as exec VP of both current and development, making her UMS prexy Katherine Pope’s No. 2.
At the network level, senior veepees Jeff Ingold and Katie O’Connell will continue to head up comedy and drama series development, respectively. But they’ll add supervision of current series to their portfolios.
That means all development execs at NBC will follow a show from cradle to the grave.
” ‘The Office’ and ‘Heroes’ are more important to us than any new show,” Silverman said. “The idea that they move out of some sort of primacy of importance (is wrong.) They also continually feed our development team. They should be managed as one creative entity.”