NBC's George Cheeks to Lead Late Night Programming

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The business affairs executive's expanded role follows a similar promotion for former late-night point person Paul Telegdy.

Another door in the Peacock's executive suites will be needing a new sign. George Cheeks, NBC Entertainment employee since 2012, has seen his role expanded to cover the network's successful late-night roster.

Continuing his oversight of business affairs, Cheeks will now serve in the newly created role of president of business operations and late-night programming. His move into late night follows the recent promotion of Paul Telegdy to president, alternative and reality group — a gig that includes oversight over Universal's new reality-focused studio. Telegdy previously oversaw late night during its transition from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, though both The Tonight Show (and neighbor Late Night With Seth Meyers) have since thrived.

“George is an enormous asset to this company and one of the most business savvy executives I know,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, to whom Cheeks will continue to report, said Tuesday in a statement. “He’s been vital to our continued growth at NBC in primetime and late night, which has brought us back to a leadership position among the broadcast networks. He has been a meaningful partner to me personally as well as to our incredible late-night talent, and his deep industry expertise and unique ability to close even the most complicated deals makes him our secret weapon. I’m thrilled George wants to continue to be a part of this winning team for the future.”

Cheeks will continue business affairs oversight for NBC Entertainment, music services for the NBCUniversal television portfolio and production operations for Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions. Other NBC late-night programs now under his purview include Saturday Night Live and Last Call With Carson Daly.

His most recent title with the company was executive vp business operations and late night, a role he's had since November 2014, when he first added late night to his purview. Prior to joining NBC, Cheeks spent 14 years at Viacom.