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EmptyThursday was a big day for NBC and Universal Media Studios, which scored 69 and 60 Emmy nominations, respectively.
But some of the main driving forces behind the most-honored NBC/UMS shows celebrated from the sidelines following the recent executive shake-up at NBC.
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Former NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly and NBC Uni TV Studio president Angela Bromstad, both outsted in May, were passionate supporters of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Heroes," which earned a combined 27 nominations.
Reilly is being credited for saving "Office" after its dismal ratings start and for renewing the low-rated freshman comedy "30 Rock" for a second season. (His other passion series, "Friday Night Lights," got two noms but missed out on the top categories.)
As an executive involved in all nominated series both on the network and studio side, new UMS president Katherine Pope also had a reason to pop the champagne, as did Ben Silverman, co-chariman of NBC Entertainment and UMS, who exec produces "The Office."
"It's a really fun day at the NBC family," Silverman says.
The truckload of Emmy nominations underscores the direction NBC is headed, he added.
"Our defining brand is quality television, so earning so many Emmy nominations as a company is exiting and validating," he said.