Weinberg adds new duties in NBC exec restructuring
Oversees development, current seriesNBC executive vp Teri Weinberg is expanding her duties as part of an executive realignment at the network that will put development and current series under one roof.
Weinberg, who oversees NBC's scripted development as No. 2 to co-chairman Ben Silverman, will now also supervise current series.
Senior vp comedy development Jeff Ingold and senior vp drama development Katie O'Connell will add oversight of the network's current programming in their areas, reporting to Weinberg.
The restructuring, which was orchestrated by Silverman, stems from NBC Universal's commitment — reiterated recently by NBC Uni president and CEO Jeff Zucker — to changing the way the network does business,
"For starters, we are trying to become a much leaner organization," Weinberg said.
As a result of the realignment, executive vp current series Erin Gough Wehrenberg is moving to Universal Media Studios as executive vp, overseeing network development and current programming as a No. 2 to UMS president Katherine Pope.
Under the traditional business model employed by the broadcast networks, projects are shepherded by the drama and comedy development executives through the pilot stage and then the shows are passed on to the current programming team. NBC's new executive structure will have the same executive overseeing a show from its inception through its life on NBC.
Blending development and current already worked successfully on "Lipstick Jungle," whose seven-epsiode order was overseen by the network's drama development team, Weinberg said.
"Knowing the DNA of the show as development executives makes us stronger in taking it to the marketplace," she said. "I have such trust in Katie and Jeff who know how to develop and how to work in he current space."
Silverman said he and Weinberg also drew on their experience at the production company Reveille where the same executives handled development and current series.
"We are looking for ways to bring the creative vision we have to the marketplace with incredible execution, and it's easier to do that in a more streamlined environment," Silverman said. "Additionally, Erin will give Katherine more support as we rely more and more on the studio and need it to be as strong as possible."
The executive structure at UMS won't change with the arrival of Gough Wehrenberg, Pope said.
"In Erin, we're adding a well respected and passionate executive, and we will be using her skills every way we can," she said.
Weinberg joined NBC as executive vp in June.
Also in June, Gough Wehrenberg was named executive vp current series at NBC. She had headed the network's current department since August 2006. As vp comedy development from 2002-04, she helped to develop "The Office."
O'Connell, who has served as senior vp drama development since April 2006, oversaw development for the freshman series "Chuck" and "Life."
Ingold has served as senior vp comedy development since January 2006 and helped develop "30 Rock" with then-New York-based O'Connell.