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Beastly Take On Silverman Move

Yawn. That's NPR and Daily Beast correspondent Kim Masterson's take on Monday's news that Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, is leaving to form a new production startup in partnership with Barry Diller's IAC.

Listing a string of expensive flops at NBC -- My Own Worst Enemy, Kath & Kim -- the Daily Beast notes, "For some time now, he has been perceived as a short-timer," before going on to compare Silverman to the quintessential company man Jeff Gaspin, who has just been promoted to chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

Former colleagues describe Gaspin as a pleasant, buttoned-down executive who has been campaigning for a promotion like this for the better part of 10 years. The true test will be what Gaspin does next, and how it compares to whatever Silverman can come up with with IAC.

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