Barely a week after announcing its 2007-08 primetime schedule, NBC is in upheaval. From Variety:
Memorial Day weekend felt more like the Fourth of July at NBC as Jeff Zucker put the finishing touches on an explosive rewiring of the Peacock's Burbank exec structure.
Zucker has recruited Ben Silverman for a key gig at the Peacock's West Coast operations, sending a clear message that he's serious about blowing up the old network business model.
Instead of turning to someone who came up through the usual ranks as a development exec or business affairs wonk, Zucker is counting on the flashy, energetic Reveille topper (and former agent) to help reinvent NBC Entertainment and push the network out of the ratings cellar.
The clumsy way in which Silverman's still-pending deal has been handled -- many would say mishandled -- certainly starts things off on a rocky note, however. The move has already alienated two of Zucker's top lieutenants -- NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly, who will ankle, and NBC development chief Katherine Pope, whose future with the conglom is murky. ...