Telegdy, previously president of alternative and late night programming, has been named president of the newly formed Alternative and Reality Group. He will continue to report to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.
Ahr, meanwhile, is taking the role of president of the newly created Universal Television Alternative Studios, which will produce programming for both NBC and other broadcast and cable nets. She continues to report to Telegdy.
“Paul is in a class by himself in the area of alternative programming, which is one of the biggest strengths of NBC and a key reason why we have returned to a leadership position among networks,” said Greenblatt in a statement. “He has a vision of the future and his finger is on the pulse of what is exciting in this space, and it was a priority of mine to continue to tap him as a major resource for this company. Part of the strategy was setting up a studio, to be run by Meredith, that will provide us with the biggest reality hits of the future, whether on NBC or other programming services and to territories around the world. Paul comes to us with a global understanding of this business and I’m pleased that he will continue to make this company his home after such a winning track record that began so dramatically with The Voice .”
“Meredith is an exceptional creative executive and leader, with the rare combination of being fiercely competitive, smart and humble,” said Telegdy. “There is not a successful alternative franchise on this network that hasn’t been influenced and energized by her expertise and insight into what audiences crave. Her passion for innovation is what has kept our entire division on the cutting edge, and that is reflected by the genre-defining shows she has personally developed and managed for this network for the last 12 years.
“We are all extremely confident that Meredith, in her new role, will create opportunities for strategic partnerships that will produce content for all platforms and deliver formats that translate to any marketplace,” he added.
Upcoming unscripted series coming to NBC include The Wall, from exec producer LeBron James, and Better Late than Never, featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye.
Telegdy has been named Television Trailblazer at this year’s Realscreen Awards and is a keynote speaker at Realscreen West, beginning today (June 8) in Santa Monica, where the news was announced.