2:15pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Evan Shapiro Departs as Head of NBCUniversal's Seeso
There's a change-up in the executive ranks at Seeso.
Evan Shapiro, the head of NBCUniversal's comedy streaming service, has departed the company. NBCUniversal president digital enterprises Maggie Suniewick, to whom Shapiro has been reporting, will take over his responsibilities.
"Evan has created a slate of remarkable comedy programming, and put together an incredibly talented team. We're proud of the work we've done together and wish him all the best," Suniewick said Wednesday in a statement.
The $3.99 a month service first launched in January 2016 in an attempt to offer next-day streaming of NBC comedy fare including Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In addition, Seeso acquired other programs such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and developed its own originals (Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's Take My Wife, for instance).
Shapiro's departure from the streaming service comes just before the third-season premiere of Seeso's real estate series Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and the summer premieres of Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon's There's.... Johnny!, Harmonquest and Flula Borg's comedy Flulanthropy.
Prior to his job at Seeso, Shapiro served as president of Participant Media’s Pivot TV. He was previously president of IFC TV and Sundance Channel.
News of Shapiro's exit was first reported by Vulture.