Realscreen Awards to honor Paul Telegdy

NBC Entertainment's president of alternative and late night programming will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame as this year's Television Trailblazer following a keynote interview at Realscreen West in Santa Monica.
March 29, 2016

Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president of alternative and late night programming, will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame as this year’s Television Trailblazer following a keynote interview at Realscreen West in Santa Monica.

The award honors Telegdy for his career-spanning commitment and contribution to the unscripted programming genre. The first recipient of the Television Trailblazer award was Nancy Dubuc, president and chief executive officer of A+E Networks.

Telegdy oversees NBC’s unscripted series and specials programming, including such major franchises as The Voice , America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, the Golden Globe Awards telecast, The Celebrity Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, Hollywood Game Night, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast, and the U.S. broadcast network’s latest unscripted smash, Little Big Shots. His oversight also includes NBC’s philanthropic event for “Red Nose Day.”

He is also responsible for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Call with Carson Daly and Saturday Night Live.

“Over the past decade, Paul Telegdy has had an unparalleled impact on the business of unscripted network television,” said realscreen publisher and vice president Claire Macdonald in a statement. “He is behind some of the biggest and boldest productions on the air today, and we are very pleased to recognize his contribution to the genre, as he’s inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame through the Television Trailblazer Award.”

Telegdy was promoted to the position of president, alternative and late night programming at NBC Entertainment in September 2011, after previously serving as executive vice president, alternative programming, NBC and Universal Television, since December 2008.

Before arriving at NBC and Universal Television Studios, Telegdy served as EVP of sales, content and production at BBC Worldwide America from March-December, 2008.

At the BBC, he increased the business market value by 100-fold. He also drove new business models and development across the company, negotiated major distribution and production deals, and nurtured new relationships with platforms for BBC content and intellectual property.

Earlier, Telegdy was senior vice president, BBC Productions Los Angeles, and BBC Worldwide America. During this time, he developed Dancing With the Stars, which has become one of the industry’s perennial top series hits.

During his keynote conversation at Realscreen West, slated for June 8, Telegdy will discuss his career in television, his thoughts on the health of the unscripted industry, and his ideas regarding where it is headed in the immediate future.

Realscreen West takes place at the Fairmont Miramar from June 8-10. For more information, click here.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.