Special post for Hansen at NBC

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NBC has promoted reality development executive Libby Hansen to senior vp alternative series and specials.

In her role as vp alternative, Hansen shepherded such series as "Deal or No Deal" and "Last Comic Standing." She will report to Craig Plestis, the alternative department's executive vp.

"Libby brings great passion, creativity and enthusiasm to her work and has demonstrated her spot-on instincts," Plestis said. "She has been an integral part of the ongoing success of some of NBC's most successful alternative shows … we are excited to give her a wide canvas on which to continue to invigorate our existing shows and create new series."

Before working at NBC, Hansen was vp alternative at USA Network. She's credited with reinvigorating USA's "Nashville Star" by attracting top talent and boosting the show's younger demographics. She also will oversee "Star" as it transitions to NBC in the summer.

Before that, Hansen was executive director of alternative series and specials at ABC, where she helped oversee the production of "The Bachelor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Wife Swap" and other shows.
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