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Amy Introcaso-Davis, Jerry Leo exiting from NBCU Cable Ent. amid restructuring

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has streamlined the executive leadership team of its Lifestyle Group by consolidating its operations for E! under the Bravo and Oxygen banners. In an internal note to staff ...
September 19, 2019

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has streamlined the executive leadership team of its Lifestyle Group by consolidating its operations for E! under the Bravo and Oxygen banners.

In an internal note to staff on Thursday (Sept. 19), Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal, revealed that the new structure would create multi-brand roles to allow the company to “continue to grow the business and optimize our internal talent.”

As a result, E!’s development team will be combined with Bravo under Rachel Smith, who has been promoted from SVP of development for Bravo to EVP of development for E! and Bravo.

Elsewhere, Rod Aissa, currently EVP of programming and development for Oxygen, will expand his remit to include oversight of production for E! as EVP of production for original programming at Oxygen and E!.

As a result of the restructure, Amy Introcaso-Davis, most recently executive vice president of development and production at E!, is departing, Realscreen has confirmed. In addition, Jerry Leo, most recently EVP of program strategy for the Lifestyle Networks group and production for Bravo, is exiting from his role.

Shari Levine will continue in her role as EVP of production at Bravo.

All roles are effective immediately and report directly into Berwick.

Meanwhile, Val Boreland, EVP of content strategy for the entertainment networks, has seen her title expand to EVP of content strategy for the entertainment and lifestyle group. In the new role, she will oversee the program scheduling and acquisition teams across USA, SYFY, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids.

Boreland’s new title will also see her take on additional responsibility for a “newly-centralized promotion scheduling team” across all six channels of NBCU’s entertainment and lifestyle group.

She reports into Berwick and Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks.

Also, according to various media reports, Betsy Slenzak, most recently VP of unscripted at E!, is heading to Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming operation, in the same role.

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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