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NBC hires head of alternative production

Linda Giambrone has joined NBC Entertainment as EVP of production. In her newly created role, Giambrone will oversee all aspects of production for alternative programming on NBC as well as NBC’s in-house ...
July 18, 2017

Linda Giambrone has joined NBC Entertainment as EVP of production.

In her newly created role, Giambrone will oversee all aspects of production for alternative programming on NBC as well as NBC’s in-house production unit, Universal Television Alternative Studios, which formed last June.

Under the leadership of Meredith Ahr, the unit has produced a series of hits including Better Late Than Never, Hollywood Game Night, The Wall, and World of Dance.

“The fact that Linda is joining our team at this pivotal point in Universal Television Alternative’s growth is a huge coup for us,” said Ahr, in a statement. “A studio’s value is in being a trusted brand, and that is built on its people’s ability to innovate, problem-solve, and deliver at the highest level. Linda is someone who will ensure our execution is unparalleled as we continue to expand and position ourselves as a global leader.

Giambrone most recently served as EVP and head of unscripted production for Endemol Shine North America, where she oversaw production for series such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Island and Restaurant Startup.

Giambrone previously worked as VP and head of production for Shine America prior to the 2015 merger of Shine America with Endemol USA.

In 2005, before joining Shine America, Giambrone was tapped by BBC Worldwide Productions to launch Dancing With the Stars. Shortly after, she was named SVP of production and went on to help build the company’s North American presence by launching production companies in both New York and Los Angeles.

Giambrone also obtained production oversight of the joint venture with BBC Worldwide and Discovery and provided support to its sister production companies.

“With her vast experience working in various television formats and launching productions of all sizes, Linda is one of the industry’s most respected production executives,” said George Cheeks, president business operations and late night programming, NBC and Universal Television. “I’m looking forward to working with Linda to grow our studio operations and expand our global footprint with innovative alternative formats.”

In April, Eden Gaha also announced plans to leave his role as president, unscripted television at Endemol Shine North America.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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