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Team Greenblatt: Key Players in NBC’s Turnaround in Progress

Jennifer Salke
NBC Entertainment president
Salke has known Greenblatt for more than 20 years, thanks to his longtime friendship with her husband, Bert Salke (head of 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21 banner). The two share a sensibility about how to best work with creatives, and it was the opportunity to rebuild a once-storied network that convinced her to leave the studio ranks at 20th Century Fox TV for the Peacock. “There’s such a reverence for the brand of NBC in the industry,” Salke says. “People were hoping that it could be shined up and glow again. It’s getting there. You can feel it in the ether.”

Paul Telegdy
NBC Entertainment president of alternative and latenight programming
Telegdy survived on his wits, development skills and derring-do during the exec housecleaning that inevitably came with the Greenblatt transition. He’s a hurricane of enthusiasm with a British accent when talking about projects and people that excite him. And as Jimmy Fallon noted at the upfront, he’s the exec most likely to have a business card that simply reads: “ ‘The Voice,’ Bitch.” “It’s not (our) jobs here to whinge bout Netflix and Hulu and the world out there. The job here is to stay laser-focused on entertaining Americans sitting on their couch,” Telegdy says.

Jeff Bader
NBC Entertainment president of program planning, strategy and research
Bader knows a thing or two about network regime changes, having spent 24 years at ABC before joining NBC in August 2012. His was a smooth transition, because the exec who hired him at ABC, Alan Wurtzel, now heads all research for NBCU. Bader also had a long history with fellow ABC alum Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting. “My first job in TV, while I was in grad school, was in research at NBC. Eight weeks in, I was laid off when GE bought the company. When I came back, I was here for about eight weeks — and GE left the company.”

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