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NBC business affairs exec Lee Straus has been upped to senior VP of the department, where he’ll continue to work on various broadcast and cable dealings.

Straus will report to Beth Roberts, exec VP of business affairs for NBC Universal Entertainment and Cable Entertainment. He had served as VP of business affairs for NBC since July 2002.

Exec has specialized more recently in unscripted and alternative fare, handling business affairs for shows such as “Deal or No Deal,” “The Apprentice,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Last Comic Standing.”

His past experience includes working on Peacock syndie strips “Weakest Link” and “The Jane Pauley Show,” as well as scripted skeins including “American Dreams.”

New job will make Straus part of a team that handles all broadcast and cable business affairs.

“After the NBC and Universal merger, Lee joined the network business affairs department, and he has since excelled in expanding his reality oversight to our cable network projects,” Roberts said.

Straus first joined the Peacock in 2000 as director of business affairs for NBC Studios. Before that, he was a senior attorney and director of business affairs at Buena Vista Television, where he worked on shows including “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

Straus also serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.