NBC Ent. ups Gough Wehrenberg
EmptyErin Gough Wehrenberg, a 12-year NBC veteran, has been elevated to executive vp current series at NBC Entertainment.
Gough Wehrenberg, who is being upped from senior vp current series, heads the network's current programming department. She reports to Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio.
"What I love about Erin is that she is homegrown," Graboff said. "She started her career here, and she has a love for this place that is unparalleled. I hope she stays here forever."
Gough Wehrenberg came to NBC as an intern in the series programs department in 1994 while a student at UCLA and was hired as an executive assistant in the department after she graduated the following year. She has been at NBC ever since, mostly working in the current programming department.
Graboff recalled how at executive meetings, every time the subject of "Friday Night Lights' " discouragingly low ratings would come up, Gough Wehrenberg would jump up in defense of the acclaimed show.
"She is such a great advocate for the shows," Graboff said. "She is really passionate, she is a fighter, and she is an eternal optimist. We've gone through the desert of bad ratings here, and she's been able to navigate the waters, delivering all the things that the network wants: bigger stunts, more guest stars, more original episodes, accelerated production."
Gough Wehrenberg was involved in NBC's plan to introduce extended seasons of its top series, which was announced at the network's upfront presentation in May. She worked closely with the producing team of "The Office" to accommodate a 30-episode order for the show next season.
Gough Wehrenberg was senior vp current series since May 2004 and was given the reins of the current programming department in August. She has overseen such NBC series as "Friday Night Lights," "30 Rock," "Heroes," "My Name Is Earl," "Office" and "Medium."
Gough Wehrenberg was vp comedy development from 2002-04, when she covered "Friends" and "Ed" and helped to develop "Office."
Earlier, Gough Wehrenberg was program associate, manager, director and vp in the current programming department.