July 28, 2009 |
It's hardly a shocker to read the news that Ben Silverman is finally -- after a year of breathless speculation -- out at NBC, having announced that he is leaving his post as network entertainment chief to form a new venture with Barry Diller, a longtime Silverman mentor and perhaps the oldest living new-media mogul on the planet.
September 17, 2008 |
Ben Silverman, NBC's chief programmer, has described himself as a "next generation, rock star" television executive. Last weekend he was in New York: dining with actress Brooke Shields, popping up on the set of the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" and hobnobbing with advertisers at an NFL game. Silverman spent much of August abroad, attending the Olympics in Beijing, meeting with foreign TV executives and then celebrating his 38th birthday in Europe with Sting, Billy Joel and the head of Britain's Conservative Party.
June 9, 2007
PREDICTION: NBC's new co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, Ben Silverman, will fail within two years or less ["The Future Face of NBC," by Scott Collins, June 2]. Hollywood just doesn't get it: It is the quality of story, not advertising and product placement. As consumers, we are put off by constant advertising shrouded with idiotic stories. Produce a good, purposeful program and the public will watch. GARDNER BARKER San Marino
November 19, 2011 |
Marc Graboff, president of NBC's West Coast business operations and the TV network's longtime consigliere , is leaving the company. His departure will continue a dramatic makeover of NBC Entertainment's executive ranks since Comcast Corp. assumed control of media giant NBCUniversal in January. A few years ago Graboff was the top business executive running the NBC network, but in recent years his role had been diminished, particularly after the arrival of Comcast. Graboff, who had nearly two years remaining on his contract, is planning to join a new venture outside of broadcast television, according to NBC and two people familiar with his plans.
July 17, 2007 |
The two new faces atop NBC took center stage at the annual summer television press tour Monday -- but one of the first questions was about an old face. Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, new co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, were brought aboard after former NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly was ousted in late May. "I only arrived -- all I can say is we're really excited about what we're doing today," Silverman said about the departure.
December 8, 2008 |
This past summer, NBC Universal executive Ben Silverman raised eyebrows when he told the New York Post that the company was now much more concerned with profit than with the size of its audience. "We're managing for margins and not for ratings," Silverman was quoted as saying. It's easy to laugh off Silverman's quote as a self-serving excuse. Like every other TV reporter, I sat through countless presentations earlier in this decade, when Silverman's current boss, NBC Universal chief Jeff Zucker, plumped the network for the ad industry by noting that its programming was No. 1 at all times of the day in the most-important demographics.