11:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Reality Group Bolsters Leadership After Ahr and Telegdy Promotions
NBC, ever invested in its Alternative and Reality Group, has made a few key moves in the wake of its top executives’ recent promotions. Just a month after Meredith Ahr saw her purview expand to encompass both the reality studio and the broadcast network’s reality department, the group has promoted three to executive vp status and brought over Electus alum John Pollak to oversee domestic sales.
The trio of existing NBC execs getting a title bump are Jenny Groom, Enrique Guillen and George Sealey.
“Jenny, Enrique and George have all helped to build this business and are major reasons for our current success at both the network and studio,” said Ahr. “They are some of the most experienced executives in the unscripted genre and our longstanding collaborative relationship will continue to yield phenomenal results as they take on these elevated roles. Jenny’s deep understanding of the NBC brand, coupled with her ability to cultivate talent and their ideas, enables her to harness the incredible power of the network’s marketing and programming platform to benefit any show, from any studio, that is a fit for NBC.”
Ahr, who topped the Universal Television Alternative Studio since its 2016 inception, saw her job grow when longtime boss Paul Telegdy made the move from reality chief to co-chairman of all NBC Entertainment — a title he shares with George Cheeks.
Groom will spearhead all alternative programming and development at the network, while Sealey will oversee creative affairs for projects at the alternative studio. On that end, Guillen will continue to focus on the international sales and Pollak's new gig fills a similar role domestically and includes both studio output and first-run syndication.
“On the Universal Television Alternative Studio side, we believe the future will be built on partnerships and deep collaboration,” added Ahr. “George and Enrique have helped guide this vision with best-in-class creative execution of our formats and steady growth with like-minded partners around the world. The arrival of a world-class executive such as John, who has a stellar reputation for innovative and creative dealmaking, sets us up for success in our ambitious plans to grow our business domestically as well.”
NBC's reality operation has a big winter on deck, with the return of Ellen's Game of Games and World of Dance, the launch of Titan Games (also from the studio) and an all-star edition of reigning TV reality flagship America's Got Talent.