NBCUniversal has promoted Meredith Ahr from alternative studio head at Universal Television to president of the alternative and reality group at NBC Entertainment.
In her expanded role, Ahr (pictured) will oversee all aspects of unscripted programming at the network, Universal Television Alternative Studio and first-run syndication, including Access Hollywood and the recently announced daytime series The Kelly Clarkson Show. Her responsibilities will include development, production, business affairs, sales strategy, casting and talent development for the group.
Ahr, who has been with NBCUniversal for 17 years, joining NBC as a page in 2001, replaces Paul Telegdy in the role, who was upped to NBC co-chairman in September, sitting alongside George Cheeks. She now reports into both Cheeks and Telegdy.
She was named president of Universal Television’s alternative studio in 2016 to launch and build the then new studio. She has overseen unscripted programs like World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez, The Wall, Hollywood Game Night, Making It with Amy Pohler and Nick Offerman, and the rebooted In Search Of for History.
Previously, Ahr was EVP of alternative programming at NBC, where she spearheaded hit shows like The Voice and America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Little Big Shots, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, Last Comic Standing and Who Do You Think You Are?
“In just two short years, Meredith has built a studio from the ground up and expanded her already indelible impact on NBCUniversal via the genre-defining alternative content she has personally overseen,” said Cheeks and Telegdy in a joint statement. “There is no one better suited to take the baton and run with this role. Meredith will continue to set the industry standard for world-class unscripted programming both domestically and abroad.”