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NBC has promoted two alternative and special programs executives, pinning senior vp stripes on Doug Vaughan and upping Meredith Ahr to vp.

Vaughan, based in New York, has been named senior vp special programs and alternative development at NBC Entertainment. He will be responsible for the majority of NBC's specials as well as several reality series. He also will be assigned to evaluate the network's reality program pitches and ideas originating from the East Coast.

Vaughan, who was vp special programs, news and entertainment since October 2005, will continue to oversee such East Coast-based specials as the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center." He also has overseen such specials as "The Live Earth Concert," "Concert for Diana" and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic."

Meanwhile, Burbank-based Ahr has been promoted to vp alternative programming, development and specials at NBC Entertainment.

Ahr, who had been director of alternative programming and development since March 2006, will continue to be responsible for developing new alternative series and overseeing her projects from launch to finale. She also will be evaluating trends in the international marketplace. Some of her upcoming alternative series for NBC include the docu series "The Baby Borrowers," "The Celebrity Apprentice" and the new version of "American Gladiators."

In her position as director, Ahr was a key player in the acquisition and development of "America's Got Talent," working alongside Simon Cowell's SyCo and FremantleMedia North America. Ahr also brought "Grease: You're the One That I Want" to NBC with BBC Worldwide and developed and managed the special "Victoria Beckham: Coming to America" with 19 Television.

Vaughan and Ahr report to Craig Plestis, executive vp alternative programming, development and specials at NBC Entertainment.

"Doug is a consummate professional with a keen eye for shows that draw tremendous attention, awards and ratings," Plestis said, adding that "Meredith has demonstrated great creative instincts and the ability to spot buzzworthy ideas."

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