Bromstad absent from upfronts

Status as NBC president still uncertain

NEW YORK — Noticeably absent at Monday’s NBC upfront presentation: NBC Universal TV Studio president Angela Bromstad, whose status at the Peacock is still unresolved.

Because she’s still negotiating her future at the Peacock, Bromstad asked NBC U prexy-CEO Jeff Zucker if she could skip the trip to New York this year, and he granted the request.

Bromstad is expected to remain within the NBC family, perhaps under a production deal, network insiders say. Company expects to announce her next move in the coming weeks — as well as a new NBC Universal TV Studio topper.

Bromstad also missed the NBC pre-upfront presentation to advertisers in March, and she wasn’t seen much around NBC’s Burbank offices toward the close of pilot season (Daily Variety, March 27).

NBC U has mulled several scenarios in recent months for restructuring the studio, such as merging its development operations with the network. “There are pros and cons” to such a setup, said one NBC U exec. Most likely, the studio will continue developing as a separate entity.

The net ordered four skeins from NBC Universal TV Studio this week: Wednesday-night dramas “Bionic Woman” and “Life,” as well as the Sunday post-NFL entry “Lipstick Jungle” and midseason laffer “The IT Crowd.” NBC U gave up production credits on a fifth, “Aliens in America,” which the CW is expected to pick up (with CBS Paramount and Warner Bros. TV now producing).

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