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NBC Entertainment senior vp comedy Jeff Ingold has inked a new deal to continue as head of comedy at the network.
The recent major executive shuffle at NBC that saw Reveille’s Ben Silverman join the network as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal TV Studio and Reveille’s Teri Weinberg join as executive vp of NBC Entertainment raised questions about Ingold’s future.
But Silverman, who as a producer worked with Ingold on the development of NBC’s Emmy-winning comedy “The Office,” said reupping with Ingold was “an easy decision.”
“Jeff is a skilled executive with great relationships in the industry, both of which will continue to be a tremendous advantage in shaping our future NBC comedy classics,” he said.
Silverman also gave a vote of confidence to senior vp drama Katie O’Connell.
Both Ingold and O’Connell report to Weinberg.
This past development season — Ingold’s first full cycle as head of the network’s comedy department — yielded one series pickup, a midseason order for “The IT Crowd.”
Since being named senior vp comedy at NBC in January 2006, he also oversaw the critically praised freshman series “30 Rock,” which he originally shepherded as senior vp comedy at NBC Uni TV Studio.
In addition to “Office,” as senior vp and vp comedy at the studio Ingold also oversaw the Emmy-winning “Will & Grace.”
From 2002-04, Ingold served as vp comedy development at NBC. Before that, he worked for three years at the network’s current series department.
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