After striking gold with “The Voice,” NBC has extended the domain of unscripted programming chief Paul Telegdy to latenight.
The promotion of Telegdy to prexy of alternative and latenight programming comes as NBC vet Rick Ludwin segues to a consultant role after 31 years with the network.
“Paul is an exemplary executive who has tremendous creative vision in the area of unscripted programming which makes him perfect for this expanded role,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who said Ludwin would remain “a valued consultant” to the net.Telegdy’s promotion may have been just about the only unexpected move Greenblatt has made among the flurry of shifts and hires he’s engineered since taking over the top job. He’s had to install new chiefs at the network and studio in Jennifer Salke and Bela Bajaria, not to mention lower level appointments in both houses in the current and development sides of the business.
With unscripted and latenight under his belt, Telegdy finds himself at the controls of two of the few success stories NBC has to boast about going into the 2011-12 season.
Telegdy has been a rising star thanks to “The Voice” and the robust return of “America’s Got Talent.” Now he adds a latenight block that, for all its past turbulence during the Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien fiasco, remains the reigning ratings champ in the daypart. Leno may not be as strong he used to be but he is still quite ahead of David Letterman, who has been struggling as of late. Leno anchors a strong lineup followed by Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly.
NBC’s track record in latenight has made Ludwin a rare example of an exec who logged decades at the same net. Since 1980, Ludwin has also steered countless series and specials and is credited for lobbying his bosses to have patience with “Seinfeld” early on.”I couldn’t have asked for or imagined a more rewarding job than the one I’ve had at NBC,” said Ludwin. “To have been a part of TV history with ‘Seinfeld’, our late night franchises, ‘Saturday Night Live’ and with all our producers, writers and talent has been unbelievable.”
Telegdy joined NBC from BBC Worldwide in 2008 as exec veep of alternative programming..