Vince Manze to get creative at NBC

Exec looking to switch from scheduling duties

NBC marketing maven-turned- scheduling chief Vince Manze is looking to give up his role as a grid guru in order to focus on more creative endeavors.

Exec is understood to be talking to NBC brass about several ideas that would keep him in the Peacock fold but allow him to make better use of his right-brain skills. NBC Entertainment co-chiefs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff are said to be amenable to the idea, and are hammering out the specifics of the job, which would likely take on a more big-picture, strategic focus.

Manze — who spent more than 15 years in top promotion jobs at the Peacock — shocked many in the biz last April when he decided to switch to scheduling. Career change was seen as a head-scratcher since Manze had been known for his production work, both as a blurbmeister and as exec producer of skeins such as the syndie drama “She Spies.”

“The best use of Vince was not as day-to-day scheduling guy,” one insider said.

Both NBC and Manze declined comment.

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