NBC has trimmed its photo and publicity ranks, with six staffers receiving their walking papers over the last week. All were based at the net’s West Coast offices.
Gone are photo vets Jon Lavet, Ray Slay and Mitchell Haaseth. Lavet, who had been at the Peacock since 1995, had worked on some of the network’s iconic programs, including “ER,” “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”
Slay spent time at ABC before arriving at NBC in 2004. Haaseth recently shot photography for “The Biggest Loser” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
On the publicity side, Kellie Kulikowsky is ankling the Peacock. She worked on “Last Call With Carson Daly,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles” and “The Firm,” as well as a handful of other shows.
Junior press manager Kaiulani Simpson (“Days of Our Lives,” “America’s Got Talent”) was also let go while Brian Robinette, editor of special projects — as well as a copy editor and writer for the net’s press releases — will be leaving NBC in a few months.
According to an NBC spokesman, all the moves were financially motivated. That same spokesman called these those six layoffs a “modest streamlining” and, despite talk that there could be more layoffs in PR, said there are no other cuts scheduled.
A reshuffling of the PR staff had been expected at the Peacock since Richard Licata arrived five months ago as NBC’s publicity boss, with some shifts even reaching up to the senior levels of the department.