Sources Say Plestis on Way Out at NBC

Oct 29, 2008  •  Post A Comment

NBC reality chief Craig Plestis could soon be leaving the network, with BBC executive Paul Telegdy in talks to jump to the Peacock.
While a source close to Mr. Plestis flatly denied a report that Mr. Plestis was on his way out, other people inside NBC familiar with the situation confirmed that Mr. Plestis would be replaced in his job as head of alternative television. LA Weekly first reported Mr. Plestis’ possible exit on its Deadlinehollywooddaily.com Web site.
Mr. Plestis is best known for helping oversee NBC shows such as “The Biggest Loser” and “Deal or No Deal.” Just last month, the Hollywood Reporter named him the third-most-powerful person in reality TV.
As for Mr. Telegdy, he has been heading up BBC Worldwide America’s Los Angeles office for the past four years. His main achievement: Launching “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that no deal is in place between Mr. Telegdy and NBC, but confirmed that talks between the two were taking place.
NBC declined comment. A rep for BBC Worldwide couldn’t be reached.
Rumors of Mr. Telegdy’s departure from BBC America have been going around for more than a month. However, in September, BBC Worldwide America chief Garth Ancier told TelevisionWeek that he had not heard the rumblings about Mr. Telegdy leaving the company and that, as far as he knew, Mr. Telegdy wasn’t leaving.

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