NBC NAMES KATHERINE POPE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, NBC ENTERTAINMENT
JEFF INGOLD ALSO ANNOUNCED AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COMEDY DEVELOPMENT
BURBANK, Calif. -- January 10, 2006 -- NBC announced that Katherine Pope, a senior executive at NBC Universal Television Studio, has been named the network's Executive Vice President, NBC Entertainment, where she will be joined by fellow studio executive Jeff Ingold, who now becomes NBC's Senior Vice President, Comedy Development.
The announcements were made today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.
Pope and Ingold are both former program executives at the network. Pope will replace Ghen Maynard, former Executive Vice President, Primetime Development, NBC Entertainment, while Ingold assumes the role once held by Cheryl Dolins, Senior Vice President, Comedy Development for NBC. Michael Thorn, Senior Vice President, Drama Development, also will depart the network.
"I've known and respected Katherine and Jeff's work since their previous term at the network," said Reilly. "They have strong relationships in the creative community and are extremely talented development executives. The timing of these moves will allow this new team to be integrally involved in pilot decisions at this important stage in our development season."
Reilly also added: "We want to thank Ghen, Cheryl and Michael for their contributions to the network. They are talented colleagues with whom we look forward to maintaining a creative relationship in the future."
Pope, who will report to Reilly, will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of NBC's new series development. Ingold, who reports to Pope, will oversee all comedy series development for the network.
Pope was named as Senior Vice President, Drama Series, NBC Universal Television Studio, in June 2004, following the formation of the newly combined NBC Universal company.
In that position, she oversaw development and current drama series for network and cable, reporting to Angela Bromstad, President. Her roster of drama hits included the "Law & Order" dramas, "House," "Battlestar Galactica" "Monk," "Las Vegas," "Crossing Jordan" and "Surface." Additionally, she oversaw development of the upcoming NBC drama "Heist," from producer-director Doug Liman and David Bartis.
Before she joined the studio, Pope served as Vice President, Drama Development, NBC Entertainment, from June 2003 to June 2004. During her term, Pope presided over the development of all of NBC's new drama pilots, including the hit drama "Medium."
Earlier, Pope served since December 2002 as Vice President, Primetime Series, NBC Studios, where she was in charge of creative supervision for the hit drama series "Las Vegas," "Crossing Jordan," "American Dreams" and the Peabody Award-winning "Boomtown," which was praised by critics as the best new series of the 2002-03 season.
Pope's prior NBC Studios positions included Director, Primetime Series, since April 2001, and Manager, Primetime Series, since August 2000. She joined NBC Studios as an Entertainment Associate in Primetime Series in January 2000.
Pope previously was a writer and producer for VH-1's "Behind the Music" from May 1999. She was also a writer and producer of documentaries for CBS in New York and an associate producer for A&E's "Biography."
Ingold was appointed Senior Vice President, Comedy, NBC Universal Television Studio, in Summer 2005 after having previously served as Vice President, NBC Universal Television Studio in June 2004. In those roles, he was responsible for current programs including "The Office" and "Will & Grace," and development of the upcoming "Teachers" (for NBC) and "Sons & Daughters" for ABC.
Earlier, since June 2002, Ingold had served as Vice President, Comedy Development, for NBC. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Current Programming, NBC.
Ingold first joined NBC as an Administrator in the Program Research department. Then in 1997, he worked for the production company Greenblatt-Janollari as assistant to David Janollari, and later as Manager, Creative Affairs.
In 1999, Ingold returned to NBC as a Manager, Current Series, where he was responsible for the day-to-day creative supervision of his assigned series. He was named Director, Current Series, in August 2000 and oversaw hits including "Just Shoot Me," "Will & Grace" and "Scrubs," among others.