Peter Traugott and Susan Fitzgerald have been named co-heads of Brad Grey Television, replacing prexy Kevin Reilly, who has ankled after six years at the production company.
Traugott and Fitzgerald will oversee all TV production and development at the company and report to chairman-CEO Brad Grey.
“Susan and Peter are both good friends and have become extraordinary execs on a creative and a business level,” Grey told Daily Variety. “Their work speaks for itself. They are really ready to take this step.”
It’s no secret BGTV was somewhat disappointed with its development slate this season. The production house, which is financed by the Columbia TriStar Television Group, failed to land a new series on the fall skeds.
“This is a good time for us to re-direct and re-energize our efforts and get back to our roots,” Grey said. “We’re going to try to develop what we really believe in. I’ve got to believe that if we get back to that thinking, good things will come.”
As part of his plan to go “back to basics,” Grey said he also plans to take a more active role in the TV division.
“I was a little distracted last year,” he said. “But I’d like to be more involved.”
Off to cablers?
Meanwhile, Reilly is said to be in serious discussions about a top programming position at the FX cabler. He’s also had discussions with TNN and Comedy Central, and is expected to announce his next gig shortly.
The exec, who joined Brillstein-Grey in 1994, was named president of TV in May 1999.
“Kevin is a good friend and has been a valued exec here, and we’re all very grateful for his contributions to the company,” Grey said. “We wish him only the best in this next chapter.”
About the two
Traugott, who joined BGTV parent Brillstein-Grey Entertainment in 1996, helped develop series such as “Just Shoot Me” and “The Steve Harvey Show” for the production company.
Fitzgerald, a Brillstein-Grey vet since 1995, oversaw development and production for “The Sopranos” as well as production for “NewsRadio” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” She also has developed projects with HBO Films. Fitzgerald previously spent 10 years at HBO, where she was vice president of original programming, West Coast, overseeing series such as “Larry Sanders” and “Dream On.”
Traugott joined Brillstein-Grey from Fox, where he was director of current programming and worked on series such as “King of the Hill” and “Party of Five.”
Also at BGTV, execs Becky Clements and Marianne Cracchiolo are expected to add vice president stripes shortly.