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NBC fires Craig Plestis, hires BBC's Paul Telegdy as new reality chief

By Christopher Rocchio, 12/08/2008 

Craig Plestis is out as NBC's reality chief.

NBC Universal announced it has ousted Plestis as its executive vice president of alternative programming and replaced him with former BBC Worldwide America executive and Dancing with the Stars producer Paul Telegdy.  The move will take effect January 5.

Despite being let go as NBC's reality chief, Plestis will still be part of the NBC Universal family.

Plestis will launch and serve as president of Apogee Studios -- a new production company that will be housed within NBC Universal Media Studios and run by Telegdy.

According to NBC, Plestis will "assist" with Telegdy's transition and remain in his current role until Telegdy officially joins the network in January.  After that, he'll start "his new role producing content and becoming a key supplier of alternative projects for NBC Universal."

In addition, NBC also announced the restructuring of its studio and network programming divisions -- including the hiring of Angela Bromstad as president of primetime entertainment for NBC and Universal Media Studios.  Bromstad had most recently served as NBC Universal International Production president.

Both Telegdy and Bromstad will report to NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios co-chairmen Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff.

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