You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Longform-Programming Exec Quinn Taylor Departs NBC, Joins Howard Stringer’s Atrium TV

NBC’s head of movies and miniseries Quinn Taylor has departed the broadcast network and joined Atrium TV, a new venture from former Sony USA chief Howard Stringer and U.K. distributor DRG.

Taylor left NBC in January at the end of his contract, Variety has learned. The exec had joined the network in 2013 to restart its longform programming division, developing movies and miniseries.

“We loved working with Quinn at NBC,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “He’s a fantastic executive and will be a tremendous asset to Atrium TV.”

Taylor jumped to NBC from ABC, where he spent more than 15 years, at a time when the Peacock was struggling to establish new scripted series and was dependent almost exclusively on the ratings success of “The Voice” and “Sunday Night Football.” But in the years since, NBC has found its series-development footing with dramas such as “This Is Us,” “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” and three new “Chicago” procedurals, as well as comedies “Superstore” and “The Good Place.” Scheduling real estate that may otherwise have gone to longform programming has been ceded to midseason and summer series such as spinoff “The Blacklist: Redemption,” medical drama “The Night Shift,” and comedy “The Carmichael Show.”

Taylor developed the 2015 holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” — a surprise hit for the network that drew nearly 13 million viewers — and its 2016 sequel. But other movie and miniseries projects were developed by other departments. Former drama head Pearlena Igbokwe, now president of NBC’s studio Universal Television, took the lead on last year’s “Emerald City.” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt led development on 2015’s “The Slap” and on the network’s live musicals, including “The Wiz Live” and “Hairspray Live.”

Atrium TV was announced Monday at international sales conference Mip TV  in Cannes. The new venture is described as a “commissioning club,” developing series projects and make them available to OTT and SVOD services that are club “members.” Taylor will serve as a consultant to the venture.



Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Cara Delevingne'Carnival Row' TV show premiere,

    Amazon Prime Video Signs Distribution Deal With Altice Europe (EXCLUSIVE)

    Amazon Prime Video has unveiled its first distribution deal with a telco in France, signing a pact with Altice Europe, which owns leading French internet, mobile and cable-TV provider SFR. The deal will give SFR customers access to the service via their set-top boxes, which is crucial in France, where households still consume content mostly [...]

  • Courtney Kemp Agboh'Power' TV show final

    'Power' Creator Courtney A. Kemp On Why Starz Series Hasn't Gotten Awards Recognition

    “Power” is a top ratings performer for Starz and has a hugely committed fanbase, but the series has lacked in its awards recognition. Other than honors from the NAACP Image Awards, “Power” has not received any awards or nominations from the Emmys, Golden Globes or SAG — something that star and executive producer Curtis “50 [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Breaking Bad

    'Breaking Bad' Movie Release Date, Title and Plot Revealed

    The “Breaking Bad” movie is coming to Netflix sooner than you might think. The film, titled “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” is now set to be released on Netflix on Oct. 11, according to a report from the New York Times, with Aaron Paul returning as the series’ popular meth cook Jesse Pinkman. Jesse [...]

  • Laurence FishburneNational Memorial Day Concert Dress

    Laurence Fishburne to Produce 'Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur' Series for Disney Channel

    Laurence Fishburne is stepping into the animation game. The “Matrix” star is set to executive produce “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series which has been given the greenlight at Disney Channel. Based on Marvel’s comic book series, the show hails from from Disney Television Animation and follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • 'The Simpsons' Producers on Disney, Spinoffs

    'The Simpsons' Producers Talk Potential Disney Spinoffs, Confirm Apu Will Remain

    “The Simpsons” has never shied away from lampooning Disney over the years, but maybe that’s no longer the case. Homer, Marge and co. are of course now part of the Disney family and made their first appearance at the Mouse House’s D23 Expo convention, where the show’s producers were asked plenty of questions about what [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content