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Ted Hangs by a Thread; Kevin Movin’ on Up?

Jun 2, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Whether NBC Studios President Ted Harbert was still at NBC was the subject of much debate last week after word leaked that FX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly met with top NBC execs in New York as part of what insiders characterized as the network’s pursuit of the FX executive. Mr. Harbert’s contract is up for renewal, and the general consensus is he won’t be re-upped. The Reilly visit fueled rumors that Mr. Harbert’s departure was imminent. NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker, to whom Mr. Harbert reports, was working from New York last week and part of this week. If Mr. Harbert is indeed getting the ax, it most likely won’t happen until Mr. Zucker returns to Burbank. It’s not his style to have that conversation over the phone, insiders say. NBC declined to comment. As for Mr. Reilly, his contract at FX is up later this summer, and he could stay. He has also been sought for the top programming job at Showtime. At the home of the peacock, he could take over NBC Studios or, more likely, get a newly created position as part of a network restructuring. That could be appealing for Mr. Reilly, who spent six years at NBC early in his career.