Jeff Gaspin is made chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment after co-chairman Ben Silverman announces he’s leaving for a new venture. Gaspin retains responsibility for NBCU’s cable networks and TV distribution.
Ben Silverman, who has been co-chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, today announced that he is returning to his entrepreneurial roots to form a new venture with Barry Diller’s IAC. He will remain in his current role for several weeks to assist in the launch of NBC’s fall schedule.
Jeff Gaspin has been named chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment, effective immediately. This move expands his role to now include oversight of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, in addition to all of his current duties.
This new structure, NBCU said, will consolidate all of the company’s television entertainment assets, both broadcast and cable, English and Spanish, under one roof and “will better allow the company to leverage its content across all of those properties.”
Gaspin already has management responsibility for the company’s portfolio of entertainment cable networks, including USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, Universal HD, Sleuth, and Chiller, as well as its interests in the A&E and History networks.
In addition, Gaspin oversees the company’s television distribution, including linear, digital and wireless, off-net syndication and first-run efforts, as well as the Telemundo broadcast network and its owned stations.
These announcements were made this morning by Jeff Zucker, president and CEO, NBC Universal, to whom Gaspin reports.
Said Zucker: “Jeff Gaspin is an extraordinary media professional who has had an incredible record of success in his 25 years in the business. He’s a strong creative executive who also has the business acumen necessary to succeed in today’s media environment. This new structure helps us align all of our television entertainment assets under one veteran executive at a time when continued innovation is essential.”
Zucker added: “Ben Silverman has many exciting things he wants to accomplish and we applaud him as he sets off on his new endeavors. Ben brought us tremendous new thinking in this changing media age, and we’re grateful for that. Now, we look forward to working with him in his new venture.”
Under the new structure, the cable and distribution executives who currently report to Gaspin will continue to do so.