BGTV ups Reilly and Traugott

Prodco taking interest in Internet

Just days after finalizing its joint venture with Columbia, BGTV has upped Kevin Reilly to president of TV and Peter Traugott to executive VP of the company, formerly known as Brillstein-Grey Entertainment.

Reilly and Traugott will oversee all TV development and production for the company run by chairman and CEO Brad Grey and financed by the Columbia TriStar TV Group. Reilly also will supervise all studio operations and will take a leadership role in expanding Grey’s company into new media and Internet ventures.

No one at the production company has held the president title since Lloyd Braun ankled his post as president of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment last year to join Disney as chairman of Buena Vista TV Prods. Braun’s role at BGE was over both film and TV.

Promotion anticipated

While Reilly in recent months had been approached for numerous posts around town, he had several years left on his contract. His promotion had been anticipated for weeks (Daily Variety, March 17).

“Kevin has been instrumental in building our TV studio,” Grey told Daily Variety. “He’s been here since almost the very beginning, and he deserves a great deal of credit for the quality we’ve been able to achieve.”

Reilly first joined the company in 1994, and he served most recently as executive VP of TV at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Before that, he spent six years at NBC, where he helped develop shows like “ER,” “Homicide” and “Saved by the Bell.” Reilly began his career as a production coordinator in New York City working on TV commercials and musicvideos.

Comedy & drama

Traugott, who was upped from senior VP of TV, will now oversee all comedy and drama development for BGTV. Traugott joined BGE in 1996 from Fox Broadcasting Co.

“Peter has developed into one of the strongest TV executives in town,” Grey said.

Prior to forming BGTV with Columbia, BGE produced such series as “Just Shoot Me,” “The Sopranos” and “NewsRadio,” which Grey now co-owns with former partner Universal. Upcoming shows include “Sammy,” an animated David Spade series produced by Grey and NBC Studios.

While Grey has no firm plans yet in the new media area, BGTV plans to produce content for the Internet and could make investments in Internet companies.

“I really think it’s going to be an exciting new area for the company,” Reilly said.