Evan Shapiro, a former executive at IFC, Participant Media and NBCU, where he led the Seeso comedy streaming service, has been named president of the iconic humor brand. His remit is to revive it with a series of TV and digital ventures.
Evan Shapiro, the head of NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming service, has left the company. Maggie Suniewick, NBCUniversal president of digital enterprises, to whom Shapiro has been reporting, will take over his responsibilities.
NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises’ latest move into OTT, offers “2,500 hours of content, 20 original series and a brand-new platform built from scratch,” according to EVP Evan Shapiro.
Shapiro, who exited as president of the TV network Pivot last month, has been appointed EVP, digital enterprises at NBCUniversal. The newly created role will find Shapiro working on the company-wide strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer distribution models.
Participant Media announced the change Monday, saying Evan Shapiro had left the company’s cable channel to be succeeded by Kent Rees, who has been the cable network’s EVP of marketing and scheduling.