- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Silverman exits NBC

Ben Silverman is leaving his job as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Movie Studios to head a new venture with Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. focusing on producing and distributing multimedia content, Associated Press reported Monday.

NBC named Jeff Gaspin, president and chief operating officer of the company’s cable entertainment group, to replace him. Mr. Gaspin also will keep his duties as the new chairman of NBC Universal’s television entertainment unit.

IAC said it is forming a new production company led by Mr. Silverman that will look to bring advertisers further into the development process on new media products.

In an interview, Mr. Silverman said the company will develop content and marketing across every medium “from Twitter to television.” He said the idea is to break out of the old media paradigm that centered on the 30-second TV spot.

IAC hopes to take advantage of Mr. Silverman’s broad media experience in the new venture, AP notes. He helped produce the “The Office” and the reality series “The Biggest Loser.”

Mr. Diller, IAC’s chairman and chief executive, called the new company “a next-generation enterprise that bridges the gap between traditional television and the Internet.”

The company launches formally in September.

IAC said Mr. Silverman, who started as co-chairman of NBC in June 2007, will continue to have a relationship with the network through its new company and plans to stay on for the next few weeks to help with the transition.

Show a no-go

During a panel discussion at Comic-Con on Saturday, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane said a show tackling the subject of abortion has been filmed for the upcoming season of the series but that he doubted Fox would air it, TVWeek.com says, citing a report from the Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog.

“20th Century Fox, as always, allowed us to produce the episode and then said, ‘You know what? We’re scared to … death of this,’” Mr. MacFarlane said.

The episode likely will come out on a future DVD of the series, the Live Feed said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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