Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Ben Silverman and veteran NBC Universal exec Marc Graboff have been given the task of reviving the primetime lineup at NBC, appointed Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio. Both will report to Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal.
"We are extremely thrilled to have Ben on board. After years of working with him as an agent, a supplier to both our broadcast and cable networks, and as a producer, we've come to know him as one of the most savvy and successful executives in the industry," said Zucker. "Marc is a proven and respected executive whose wealth of expertise in so many divisions will continue to be a huge plus in this realignment. He has superb business acumen and an instinctive grasp of our expanding company and its multiple platforms, and is positioning NBC for the future. Marc and Ben have a long and successful history of working together that gives us tremendous confidence in the strength of this new partnership," Zucker added.
The two will replace Kevin Reilly, whose ouster had been rumored over the Memorial Day weekend. "Kevin has given us some incredibly important, high-quality new series in recent years, and his legacy will be evident for many years to come in NBC's primetime schedule," said Zucker in his statement announcing the programming shakeup.