or


[11/30/07 - 05:41 PM]
NBC Promotes Doug Vaughan to Senior Vice President, Special Programs and Alternative Development, NBC Entertainment While Meredith Ahr Advances to Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment
The announcements were made today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment, to whom both report.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC PROMOTES DOUG VAUGHAN TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND ALTERNATIVE DEVELOPMENT, NBC ENTERTAINMENT WHILE MEREDITH AHR ADVANCES TO VICE PRESIDENT, ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING, DEVELOPMENT AND SPECIALS, NBC ENTERTAINMENT

BURBANK, Calif. � November 30, 2007 � NBC has promoted two key alternative and specials program executives as Doug Vaughan was named as Senior Vice President, Special Programs and Alternative Development, NBC Entertainment, while Meredith Ahr has been advanced to Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. The announcements were made today by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment, to whom both report.

"This multi-faceted department is truly bi-coastal, and Doug is the �go-to' guy for reality and specials pitches in New York," said Plestis. "Doug is a consummate professional with a keen eye for shows that draw tremendous attention, awards and ratings."

"Meredith has demonstrated great creative instincts and the ability to spot buzz-worthy ideas," said Plestis. "Her understanding of international formats and passion for pushing the alternative genre to new heights has proven to be a winning formula."

Based in New York, Vaughan will be responsible for the majority of NBC's specials as well as several reality series. He also will be assigned to evaluate the network's reality program pitches and ideas originating from the East Coast. Most recently, Vaughan served as Vice President, Special Programs, News and Entertainment, since October 2005.

Vaughan will continue to oversee such East Coast-based specials as the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" and "Christmas in Rockefeller Center." He also oversaw such specials as "The Live Earth Concert," "Concert for Diana," "Concert for Diana: The Princes' Interview" (with Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today"), "Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live" and the Emmy Award-winning "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," in addition to his duties for the NBC News division.

Ahr, who previously served as Director, Alternative Programming and Development since March 2006, will continue to be responsible for developing new alternative series and overseeing her projects from launch to finale. In addition, she will be evaluating trends in the international marketplace. Some of her upcoming alternative series for NBC include the docu-series "The Baby Borrowers," "The Celebrity Apprentice," and the primetime reinvention of "American Gladiators."

Vaughan previously handled a variety of specials including the Emmy-winning "Cher: The Farewell Tour," "Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes," "Faith Hill: Firefly," "Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable," "Eagles Farewell 1 Tour," "Elton John: The Red Piano," "Tim McGraw" and "The Radio Music Awards."

From 2000-02, as Supervising Producer at "Today," Vaughan was responsible for originating story and program ideas as well as supervising all entertainment and entertainment-related segments. Vaughan was the Senior Entertainment and Arts Producer at "Today" from 1993-2000.

In her previous position as a Director, Ahr was a key player in the acquisition and development of the #1 summer hit "America's Got Talent," working alongside Simon Cowell's SyCo and Fremantlemedia. She led the charge of its successful season two re-launch, with cast and format changes, and continues oversight of season three.

Ahr also brought the live series "Grease: You're the One That I Want" to NBC with BBC Worldwide, as well as developed and managed the unscripted comedy special, "Victoria Beckham: Coming to America" with 19 Television.

Earlier, Ahr served as Manager, Alternative Programming and Development, beginning in 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.

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

Later, Ahr transitioned to an Assistant role in The NBC Agency in New York. There, she was promoted to Manager of Strategic Partnerships, developing and overseeing many key business and promotional partnerships for the News division, before she moved to Burbank to enter the Entertainment Associates Program.

She is a graduate of Boston College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.





  [november 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· AMERICAN GLADIATORS (NBC)
· AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC)
· APPRENTICE, THE (NBC)
· BABY BORROWERS, THE (NBC)
· BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)
· GREASE: YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT (NBC)
· THREE WISHES (NBC)
· VICTORIA BECKHAM: COMING TO AMERICA (NBC)





[05/26/18 - 12:13 PM]
ESPN's Most-Watched NBA Conference Finals Game 6 Since 2012
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, May 25.

[05/25/18 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 25
Updates include: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces fourth season pickup of "The Expanse"; Barbara Boxer to "Run" for FX; and Mick Betancourt joins Syfy's "Deadly Class" as co-showrunner.

[05/25/18 - 12:57 PM]
E!'s "Total Bellas" Delivers Series High in P18-34 and W18-34 for Season Three Premiere
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 20.

[05/25/18 - 08:24 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" Special
The two-hour special powers the Alphabet to an adults 18-49 victory last night.

[05/25/18 - 08:01 AM]
Alyson Hannigan, Connie Ray, Todd Stashwick, Taylor Ortega, Ciara Wilson And Erika Tham Join The Cast Of The Live-Action "Kim Possible" Disney Channel Original Movie
Hannigan will play the role of brain surgeon Dr. Ann Possible (aka Mom Possible) and Ray will play grandmother Nana Possible.

[05/25/18 - 07:40 AM]
Keith Olbermann to Expand Multi-Faceted ESPN Role
Olbermann will combine select studio assignments with on-site opportunities, including calling the radio play-by-play with analyst Jim Bowden for Astros at Yankees on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN Radio.

[05/25/18 - 05:51 AM]
Red Nose Day Raises Over $42 Million to End Child Poverty, Top Talent Turns It on for NBC's Night of Themed Programming & Live Special
The campaign has now raised over $42 million for children who need it most in America and around the world - totaling more than $145 million in the campaign's first four years in the U.S.

[05/24/18 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 24
Updates include: Lesley Ann Warren, Max Ehrich cast in Lifetime's "American Princess"; P.J. Byrne books return trip to "Big Little Lies"; and Janine Sherman Barrois, Michelle Nader ink overall deals with Warner Bros. Television.

[05/24/18 - 03:42 PM]
MTV Heats Up Summer with the Return of "Floribama Shore"
The 14-episode run will feature original cast members Jeremiah Buoni, Codi Butts, Kortni Gilson, Aimee Hall, Kirk Medas, Nilsa Prowant, Candace Rice and Gus Smyrnios.

[05/24/18 - 02:40 PM]
ABC Moves Up to No. 2 in 2017-18 for Its Most Competitive Season in 10 Years
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/24/18 - 02:36 PM]
Shining, Gleaming, Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen "Hair Live!" Is NBC's Next Musical Event
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced each of NBC's live musicals since "The Sound of Music" revived this innovative programming genre, will executive produce the telecast.

[05/24/18 - 01:12 PM]
Netflix Re-Teaming with Dee Rees for "The Last Thing He Wanted"
The story is based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion and centers on hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon who finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran Contra Affair's arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point.

[05/24/18 - 12:31 PM]
NBC Entertainment Podcast Network Debuts with Fan Favorites "American Ninja Warrior" and "The Good Place"
Hosted by "The Good Place" guest-star Marc Evan Jackson, "The Good Place - The Podcast" debuts Friday, June 1.

[05/24/18 - 12:30 PM]
"Young & Hungry" Returns for "The Last Bite" with a Two Episode Season Premiere, on Wednesday, June 20
The final season sees Gabi and Josh happily together and in love, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple.

[05/24/18 - 11:54 AM]
CBS Is America's Most-Watched Network in 2017-2018 Across Primetime, Daytime and Late Night
CBS further spins the numbers for the season to date.