Robert Greenblatt had two callings when he was growing up in Rockford, Ill. He was drawn to working in theater, and he dreamed of one day running a movie studio.While other kids idolized athletes and rock stars, the future chairman of NBC Entertainment imagined himself as the next Louis B. Mayer.Greenblatt’s early fascination with the inner workings of Hollywood proved prescient for his ultimate career path. But it was his training in theater that honed the leadership skills that allowed him to climb...
Bob Greenblatt has a long track record of TV success that he established going back to his early days developing network-defining hits like “The X-Files” and “Ally McBeal” at Fox before becoming a partner in Greenblatt Janollari Studio, which produced award-winning shows including HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and PBS’ “American Family.”
In 2003, Showtime hired Greenblatt to challenge HBO. As president of entertainment, he introduced some of Showtime’s most notable series, including, “Dexter,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Tudors,” and “Weeds,” which led the network to record profits and a 52-percent subscriber increase.
With Showtime on course, Greenblatt accepted the challenge to bring NBC back from the brink. Named chairman of NBC Entertainment in 2011, he oversees dozens of successful productions that air across broadcast, cable and streaming. Among them: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Mindy Project,” “Bates Motel,” “Law & Order: SVU” and the “Chicago” franchise. But Greenblatt may be best known for turning live musicals into event TV, beginning with “The Sound of Music.” So it should come as no surprise that he has also enjoyed a successful side career as a producer in the theater world.
The longest tenured of the heads of the Big Four broadcast networks, Greenblatt recently renewed his deal with NBC, telling Variety, “I’m going to be around for a long time.”