NBCUniversal tapped a veteran executive with the company to head up programming for the company’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Bill McGoldrick was named to the post.
“McGoldrick will expand his current role as president of scripted content at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and president of unscripted content at USA and Syfy to also include the streaming service,” THR reports. “Additionally, Alex Sepiol, who has served as exec vp scripted originals at NBCUniversal, will serve as head of drama for the streamer and continue to report to McGoldrick. A head of comedy has not yet been determined after talks with Jamila Hunter broke down.”
THR adds: “Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that McGoldrick has been functioning in his newly expanded role for months, reviewing the scripted development slates for multiple NBCUniversal networks as he reshuffles the slates at Bravo, E! and USA Network. Such moves have included the streamer landing ‘Queer as Folk’ (from Bravo) and ‘One of Us Is Lying’ (from E!).”
The report notes that McGoldrick, who was promoted to his previous role in January 2018, formerly reported to cable chief Bonnie Hammer. As part of an executive reorganization earlier this year, Hammer moved to gain oversight of NBC’s streaming service.
“With Hammer’s move, NBC Broadcasting and Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus added oversight of the television operation, including cable and news. With that, McGoldrick shifted to reporting to Lazarus,” THR reports. “Sources say Hammer personally recruited McGoldrick to take on additional responsibilities and head programming for the streamer on top of his current duties. With McGoldrick’s expanded role, he will now report to both Hammer and Lazarus.”