Big news on the TV-executive front this morning: Ben Silverman, who's been the co-chairman of NBC's entertainment division since 2007, is leaving the network to start his own company.
Silverman previously ran the production company Reveille, which brought shows such as The Office and Ugly Betty to US TV networks. His time at NBC was a roller coaster, filled with big (but not always successful) ideas like Jay Leno's move to 10 p.m., shows based on "the greatest stories ever told," and revivals of former hits like Knight Rider and American Gladiators. He also ran afoul of striking writers back in 2008 when he referred to them as "the nerdiest, ugliest, meanest kids in the high school" trying to cancel the prom (aka the Golden Globes). But on the positive side, he worked hard to find ways to keep shows like Friday Night Lights and Chuck on the air.
In Silverman's place at NBC will be Jeff Gaspin, who's been running NBC's cable division since 2007. Silverman, meanwhile, is starting a new and as-yet-unnamed venture with Barry Diller's IAC to create and distribute media across different platforms.
NBC's been struggling in the ratings since before Silverman took over, though the network always performs well when it comes to Emmy nominations. I imagine the jury will be out on his time at NBC until we see how NBC's new shows — including Trauma and Parenthood — perform this season. Meanwhile, what do you make of this news?