Zucker Broadens Reilly’s Responsibilities

Nov 16, 2005  •  Post A Comment

In what could be interpreted as a vote of confidence in embattled NBC Universal Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, his boss, Jeff Zucker, said Wednesday that Mr. Reilly is being given additional responsibility for reality programming, specials and long-form programming on NBC.

Those areas had been under the purview of Jeff Gaspin, president of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, digital content and cross-network strategy. Mr. Gaspin now is spending more of his time working on NBCU Television’s digital platforms.

Mr. Zucker, president of NBC Universal Television Group, called digital and cable the company’s two growth areas. While NBC’s prime-time schedule under Mr. Reilly remains a trouble spot, Mr. Zucker said Mr. Reilly’s job is secure. He added that NBCU expects a turnaround to take up to three years.