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NBC ups ‘Grace’ producer

Greenstein to take over for Kohan, Mutchnick

HOLLYWOOD — Emmy-winning “Will & Grace” exec producer Jeff Greenstein has inked a new two-year overall development deal with NBC Studios that will also elevate him to showrunner of the hit Thursday laffer.

Starting next season, Greenstein will take over as exec producer-showrunner from series creators-exec producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who will continue to serve as consultants to the series. Greenstein will have day-to-day oversight of the skein, along with exec producer Jhoni Marchinko.

The deal calls for Greenstein to serve as showrunner through May 2004.

“This is a key deal for us because there is nothing more important to NBC Studios than ‘Will & Grace,’ ” said NBC Studios prexy Ted Harbert. “Jeff’s proven showrunning ability assures that the show will remain a well-oiled comedy machine while the studio also benefits from Jeff’s outstanding development skills.”

Greenstein won an Emmy in 2000 for his work as a producer on “Will & Grace.” He’s also snagged several Emmy-writing noms for “Will & Grace” and “Friends.”

Prior to coming on board “Will & Grace” during the show’s first season, Greenstein co-created and exec produced the Fox laffer “Partners.” He had previously been a writer-producer on “Friends,” penning the Emmy-nominated Thanksgiving seg “The One Where Underdog Gets Away.”

Greenstein’s first big TV gig was as a writer and ultimately producer on the HBO laffer “Dream On.”

The deal was brokered by BKWU and Jim Jackoway.

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