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.
November 24, 2008 |
If Ben Silverman is getting ready to leave the peacock flock, neither he nor NBC is acting like it. In fact, the signals suggest he's not about to fly the coop. On Thursday, NBC parent company General Electric Co. added Silverman to the board of the Peacock Equity Fund, a $250-million media investment vehicle owned by NBC Universal and GE Commercial Finance.
May 30, 2007 |
In 1985, when Ben Silverman was in junior high, he told his mom he needed to stay home from school to watch TV. "He said, 'Brandon Tartikoff's mother let him stay home from school,' " Mary Silverman recalled in an interview Tuesday, referring to the legendary NBC entertainment president. "From the age of 10, Ben always wanted to be the head of NBC."
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.
December 3, 2007 |
NBC Universal hired Ben Silverman in June to reverse the fading fortunes of its broadcast network. But the biggest winner so far seems to be the 37-year-old TV producer and the production company, Reveille, he is poised to sell for more than $100 million. Since Silverman became co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, in charge of picking the network's shows, Reveille has become a leading source of programming for NBC.
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