Last month, it was announced that Graboff will exit NBC after 11 years. During his tenure he oversaw the dealmaking for all entertainment programming on the network and all programs produced by Universal Television, including licensing deals with third-party studios and networks, development deals and production deals for above-the-line talent.
But while he’s made sure that NBC is moving creatively forward with names like Steven Spielberg, Jack Black and BermanBraun in its arsenal, the transaction that has left the biggest mark on the exec is the merger between Comcast and NBC, which was finalized last spring.
“I have seen the transition from one management style to another,” he says, “and I’ve experienced the blending of two corporate cultures.”
KEY DEALS: Recently negotiated deals with Peter Horton, Josh Gad and Will Ferrell’s production company, Gary Sanchez Prods. Made the deals for Bryan Fuller’s “The Munsters” project, Ryan Murphy’s comedy pilot, a J.J. Abrams project, several Dick Wolf projects, and an animated primetime show from Greg Daniels.
Negotiated a pact with DreamWorks TV and Spielberg for midseason musical drama series “Smash,” and long-term contracts with “The Voice” judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
SPARE TIME: Golf, skiing, travel and three kids
TOP CAUSE: The Heart Foundation, the Jewish Federation, AIPAC and AJC