NBCU: More Layoffs, Executive Shuffling, As New Structure Is Finalized

NBCUniversal laid off about 50 more employees on Tuesday, while shuffling more executive responsibilities.

The latest round of layoffs is said to finalize a new entertainment structure under Susan Rovner, who became chairman of entertainment content for television and streaming in early October.

Last August, NBCU CEO Jeff Shell began a corporate reorganization to integrate the content and operations of its traditional media and streaming businesses, reflecting the company’s focus on developing Peacock and other streaming opportunities going forward.

The shakeup included the departure of Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegedy (and alternate/reality group head Meredith Ahr) amid accusations of misconduct, and the promotions of Frances Berwick and Matt Strauss to head the entertainment business and the direct-to-consumer unit, respectively.

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In November, Rovner named Lisa Katz president of scripted content and created two non-scripted divisions.

Most of yesterday’s layoffs occurred in the content division, with some in scheduling, acquisitions and marketing, according to Variety sources.

Those leaving include Bruce Evans, executive vice president current programming, and Dan Shear, executive vice president comedy development for Peacock, according to trade press reports.

Cara Dellaverson and Alex Sepiol will now report to Katz, as EVP co-leads of drama development and current programming across NBCU, including the cable networks and Peacock.

Dellaverson was EVP of drama programming for NBC Entertainment, and Sepiol wasEVP of scripted development for the NBCU Entertainment & Lifestyle Group and Direct-to-Consumer.

Jeff Meyerson — previously senior vice president, comedy development at NBC Entertainment — is now in charge of comedy development and current programming, as EVP of comedy series.

Michael Sluchan — previously EVP of current scripted programming and limited series across the entertainment and lifestyle networks and D2C — is now EVP in charge of movies, kids programming and co-productions.

In unscripted, under EVP Unscripted Content Jenny Groom, Sharon Vuong is now SVP unscripted development, and Shelby Shaftel is SVP alternative programming and development.

Both Vuong and Shaftel were previously SVPs of alternative programming and development.

In the lifestyle and docuseries area, headed by Rod Aissa, Rachel Smith becomes EVP unscripted development, entertainment content, and Shari Levine becomes EVP, unscripted current production, entertainment content.

Smith was previously EVP of development for Bravo and E!. Levine was previously EVP of production for Bravo.

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