Brillstein Entertainment’s longtime TV topper Peter Traugott is leaving the firm for a three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios, where he’ll develop scripted series for NBC and other networks.
Traugott was at Brillstein for 15 years, the last nine of which he served as president of TV. Among the series that came out of Brillstein while Traugott was there includes “The Sopranos,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Just Shoot Me” and the upcoming CW drama “Ringer.”
Traugott will be joined by his executive VP, Rachel Kaplan. She joined Brillstein in 2008 after stints developing scripted programming at BermanBraun and Warner Bros.
Brillstein has replaced Traugott with JoAnn Alfano, who exited Lifetime as executive VP of entertainment earlier this year. Brillstein recently re-upped an overall deal with ABC Studios.
Traugott will be reunited with Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, who previously worked with him when both were creative executives at Fox Broadcasting Co.
“In my years working with him on various projects at Brillstein Entertainment — and previously when we were colleagues together at FBC — he has demonstrated a deep commitment to developing outstanding television and attracting creative talent,” Greenblatt said.
“It was a very tough decision for me to leave Brillstein,” Traugott said. “But the chance to work with Bob and his team at NBC, and be a part of what they’re building, was too good an opportunity to pass up.”