[03/09/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Entertainment Promotes Mary Ann Wolf to Director, Current Series, and Elevates Meredith Ahr to Director, Alternative Programming & Development

[via press release from NBC]


BURBANK, Calif. -- March 9, 2006 -- NBC Entertainment has promoted Mary Ann Wolf to Director, Current Series, and elevated Meredith Ahr to Director, Alternative Programming & Development, it was announced today by Vivi Zigler, Executive Vice President, Current Programs, NBC Entertainment, and Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development, NBC Entertainment.

"Mary Ann has proven to be a quick study and a valuable member of our current team," said Zigler. "With a strong production background, terrific creative instincts and superior people skills, she is an important asset to her shows and to NBC."

"I'm pleased to see Meredith rewarded for her hard work and perseverance," said Plestis. "She has a real talent and appreciation for this particular alternative program genre and we know the best is yet to come."

Wolf, who reports to Erin Gough Wehrenberg, Senior Vice President, Current Series, NBC Entertainment, is responsible for "ER," "The West Wing," "Surface," "Conviction" and the upcoming "The Black Donnellys." She also recently worked on "The Book of Daniel."

Ahr, who reports to Plestis, will be responsible for overseeing the untitled Simon Cowell variety project and several other upcoming alternative series. Among her development tasks are evaluating creative content trends and aiding in product integration.

Wolf had previously been Manager, Current Series, NBC Entertainment, since April 2005, where she oversaw many of the same assigned current series. Earlier, Wolf had worked in the Entertainment Associates Program in Current Series, from May 2004-April 2005. In that role, she shadowed other program executives on such series as "Joey," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Medical Investigation."

Wolf first came to NBC in 2000 as an Assistant to Chris Conti, then Senior Vice President, Drama Development, NBC Entertainment. After 18 months, she left to become an assistant to executive producer Graham Yost on the drama "Boomtown" and later became a coordinating producer on the series during its second season in 2003.

When "Boomtown" ceased production, Wolf returned to NBC in March 2004 as an independent consultant who handled the NBC Minority Writers Initiative for three months before assuming her position as an Associate.

Wolf arrived in Los Angeles in 2000 where she worked as a production assistant on such series as "The Bette Midler Project" and "L.A. Sheriff's Homicide." Previously, she served as a fashion-marketing executive for Liz Claiborne in New York.

A native of River Edge, New Jersey, Wolf graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology-criminology (where she also minored in communications).

Most recently, Ahr served as Manager, Alternative Programming & Development, since 2005. While her primary project was overseeing the Fall 2005 reality series "Three Wishes," she also aided in the development of other series and pilots.

Ahr earlier was an Entertainment Associate in Burbank where she shadowed senior program executives on several alternative series, including "The Biggest Loser." She first joined NBC as a Page in the Guest Relations department in New York which allowed her to also work as a Production Assistant in the WNBC Creative Services department and as an assistant in the office of Bob Wright, Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, GE, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NBC Universal.

Later, Ahr moved into The NBC Agency as an Assistant to Frank Radice, Senior Vice President, East Coast. Ahr was then promoted to Manager of Strategic Partnerships for The NBC Agency in New York where she developed and oversaw many key business and promotional partnerships for the News division before she moved to Burbank to enter the Associates Program.

Prior to joining NBC, Ahr was a news researcher at WCBS in New York. She is a graduate of Boston College where she received a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in American Studies.

  [march 2006]  

· ER (NBC)

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