Angela Bromstad Out as NBC Primetime Entertainment President
UPDATED: The executive informed her staff of her impending exit just two days after the Comcast-NBC Universal merger was approved by regulators.
For a second time, Angela Bromstad is leaving her post as president of primetime entertainment at NBC and Universal Media Studios with the arrival of a new chairman of NBC Entertainment.
This time, the new chairman is former Showtime entertainment head Robert Greenblatt, who has been attending meetings at NBC recently in anticipation of his official start at the end of the month when the sale of NBC Universal to Comcast is officially completed.
Bromstad had been president of NBC's production studio in 2007 when Ben Silverman arrived at the network. After a reported power struggle, she left NBC Entertainment but stayed with the company. She moved to London, where she took over international production operations.
When Silverman was pushed out in 2009, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker brought Bromstad back to lead the search for hits to revive the faltering network. NBC unveiled a dozen new shows in September, including five new comedies, but none has become a breakout hit. Zucker also is leaving with the closing of the sale by General Electric.
This time, Bromstad is leaving the network altogether.
Bromstad's departure marks the first executive exit since the FCC and the Justice Department on Tuesday approved the $13.8 billion Comcast-NBC Universal deal. A few weeks ago, when Comcast named execs who would stay with NBC, Bromstad was prominently listed.
In a memo to her staff Thursday announcing she was departing, Bromstad sounded a sweet note, writing: "I have tremendous respect for the company and for the people with whom I have had the privilege to work with and know during my time here. I take great memories and friendships with me."
Bromstad had become co-president of NBC Universal Television Studios in 2004 after NBC acquired Universal Entertainment.
Before that, she had held a series of posts at NBC during two tenures. The first was as director of creative affairs from 1988-91. She left to join Freyda Rothstein Prods. (associated with Hearst Entertainment), where she was vp creative affairs from 1991-94.
She returned to NBC in 1994 as director of miniseries and motion pictures for television. In 1996, she became vp miniseries and TV for NBC Entertainment and three years later was named vp primetime series, overseeing the show Ed, among others.
In 2000, Bromstad became vp drama development, overseeing such series as Boomtown and American Dreams. She became executive vp at NBC Studios in 2003.
Bromstad is a graduate of USC and started her showbiz career as an assistant at Telepictures Prods. She is married and has two children.
Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.