NBC has hired DreamWorks veteran Chip Sullivan as its top communications exec.
Sullivan has worked in the DreamWorks fold for the past 20 years, focusing on features. In recent years he has moved between the live-action operation and the publicly traded DreamWorks Animation studio. He has long been a trusted confidant of DreamWorks principals Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg.
The move to the NBC broadcast network will mark a shift in focus to television for the seasoned exec, who is well known and well liked in the industry. Sullivan headed special projects and animation production marketing early on in his DreamWorks tenure. He was named head of corporate communications in 2007 and most recently has been head of global brand integration and PR for DWA.
At the Peacock, Sullivan will serve as exec VP of communications. He replaces Richard Licata, who left the network late last year. He will also oversee PR for Universal Television, reporting to Greenblatt.
“He is one of the brightest, most innovative, and most highly regarded communications experts I’ve ever known, and his legendary tenure at DreamWorks puts him in a unique position to bring great vision and a fresh perspective to our programming and our leadership team. He’s at the top of his field and NBC Entertainment will be the beneficiary of all that he’s accomplished,” Greenblatt said.
News of Sullivan’s appointment was first reported Thursday night by the Hollywood Reporter.