NBC Ups Meredith Ahr to Alternative Programming EVP

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Meredith Ahr

In her new role, the 11-year NBC veteran will be charged with creative oversight of Universal Television's growing roster of reality producers.

NBC vet Meredith Ahr has been upped to alternative programming EVP.

“Meredith is appreciated for her insight and thoughtfulness, both as a manager and creative executive,” said NBC’s alternative and late night programming president Paul Telegdy. “She couples exacting creative standards with partnership and collaborative skills in a way which pushes the department and the producers we are in business with.”

In her new role, Ahr will continue to be responsible for NBC’s alternative development, both in-house and from NBC’s partnerships in the community. Additionally, the Florida native will be charged with creative oversight of Universal Television's growing roster of reality producers, including Deal or No Deal’s Howie Mandel, Minute to Win It’s Craig Plestis and The Bachelor’s Jason Ehrlich.

In Ahr's position as alternative programming and development SVP, she has played an integral role in the success of Emmy-nominated The Voice, and is currently overseeing a development slate that includes the dating show Ready for Love, the military-themed competition series Stars Earn Stripes and Mandel’s game show White Elephant.

Ahr was a member of the Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation class of 2010, telling the magazine at the time: "My litmus test is, can I imagine my grandpa, mom, nieces and nephews all watching it?"

She started her tenure at NBC 11 years ago in New York as a page. During that period, she worked as a production assistant in the WNBC creative services department after Sept. 11, and as an assistant in the office of Bob Wright, then chairman and chief executive officer of NBC Universal. Prior to that, the Boston College graduate was a news researcher at WCBS.

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