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NBCU’s Susan Rovner ups Rod Aissa, Jenny Groom; Bill McGoldrick out

UPDATE (11/17/20): This story was originally published with Susan Rovner incorrectly identified as ‘Julie Rovner’ in the headline. Realscreen regrets the error. The game of executive musical chairs continues at NBCUniversal, ...
November 17, 2020

UPDATE (11/17/20): This story was originally published with Susan Rovner incorrectly identified as ‘Julie Rovner’ in the headline. Realscreen regrets the error.

The game of executive musical chairs continues at NBCUniversal, as newly appointed television and streaming content chief Susan Rovner has established the structure, and appointments, for her team.

In an internal memo that laid out the new structure, Rovner (pictured) said that due to the amount of unscripted content across NBCU’s eight platforms — nearly 200 hours — oversight for the genre is being split into two units, divvied up between lifestyle and docuseries programming; and reality competition, talent competition and game show formats.

Rod Aissa, most recently EVP of original programming for Oxygen and E! production, has been named EVP of unscripted content and will oversee the unscripted lifestyle and documentary content across the NBCU portfolio. Jenny Groom, most recently EVP of alternative programming and development for NBC, has also been named as EVP of unscripted content, with oversight of reality and talent competition and game show programming across platforms.

Meanwhile, Tracie Wilson, who led the launch of The Kelly Clarkson Show and spearheaded the Access rebrand, has been named EVP, syndication studios. Katie Hockmeyer will continue in her role as EVP, late night, and Jen Neal, who previously led E!’s live events and news divisions is expanding her role across entertainment television and streaming as EVP, live events, specials and E! News.

Lisa Katz, previously co-president of scripted content for NBC, has been named president, scripted content, across the portfolio.

“We very much appreciate your patience and support as these leaders work to thoughtfully align their teams and develop their own organizational structures, which will take place over the next few months,” said Rovner via the internal memo.

The shuffle also shepherds the departure of longtime NBCU executive Bill McGoldrick, who informed staff via email that he will be exiting his post as president, original content, NBCU Entertainment Networks and Direct-to-Consumer.

“As we all know, the industry is changing rapidly and our company is transforming in ways that will undoubtedly allow it to continue to thrive, grow and succeed,” he wrote. “That said, it has become clear that there simply isn’t an appropriate role for me in the new structure.”

Elsewhere in his email announcing the move, McGoldrick wrote: “You’re in very good hands with Susan Rovner. I’ve known and admired her for a very long time, and know that she will take the business to new heights and that you will all benefit from her energetic leadership.”

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