NBC has divided its entertainment division into comedy, drama and current programming departments, naming Karey Burke executive VP of comedy programs and Ted Frank senior VP of current series.
NBC previously had structured its entertainment division into a “team” system in which executives were assigned to various studios instead of to comedy, drama or current programming jobs.
But NBC’s new entertainment prexy, Garth Ancier, said the team system was murky because it was not clear who did what and it created internal competition about getting shows on the air.
With the new structure, Burke, who will report to Ancier, will be in charge of all comedy development and production at NBC. Reporting to her will be Shelley McCrory, senior VP of comedy development.
NBC is still looking for a drama chief, but JoAnn Alfano has been upped to senior VP of drama development. Christopher Conti has been named VP of drama development, reporting to Alfano. Frank has been named senior VP of current series, reporting to Burke. Eventually, he’ll also report to the drama programs chief.
“Hopefully, this will be less confusing,” Ancier said.
Burke is being upped to exec VP of comedy series after serving as senior VP of primetime series since July 1996. In this position, she handled current comedy and drama series, and development, and she helped shepherd projects like “Jesse,” “Providence” and “Just Shoot Me.” She first joined NBC in 1988 as an assistant in comedy development.
Frank is being upped from VP of primetime series, a post he’s held since 1994. He first joined NBC as a research associate in 1975.
McCrory has served as VP of primetime series since 1997, first joining the network in 1992 as an assistant in drama development.
Alfano is being upped from VP of primetime series at NBC Studios, and in her new job, she’ll oversee all drama series development. She first joined NBC in 1984, working in publicity.
Conti, who reports to Alfano, had been serving as a director of primetime series. He started as a page at NBC in 1990.