Kevin Reilly has been named president of NBC Entertainment, effective May 27, 2004. He succeeds Jeff Zucker, president, NBC Ent., News and Cable Group, and continues to report Zucker, who is relocating to New York.
Reilly's entertainment responsibilities will include primetime, late night and daytime programming and development as well as scheduling and strategic planning for the network.
"Kevin is perfectly positioned to help NBC continue its tremendous run," said Zucker. "He's worked hard on a promising new development slate for next year that will extend NBC's brand and capitalize on our decade of dominance." Zucker is awaiting a new title and expanded responsibilities once the NBC/Universal merger is completed later this month.
Reilly first returned to NBC in the fall of 2003 as president, primetime development after serving as president of entertainment for FX. During the 2003-04 season, he was charged with overseeing series development for the NBC network and NBC Studios.
During Reilly's varied tenures at NBC, FX and Brillstein-Grey Ent., he successfully supervised such critical and commercial watershed hits as HBO's THE SOPRANOS, FX's THE SHIELD and NIP/TUCK, and NBC's ER.
After joining FX in August 2000, Reilly energized the network's original programming with an ambitious slate of distinctive series and movies. FX launched THE SHIELD, its first original drama series and the critically acclaimed original series LUCKY, starring John Corbett.
Reilly also expanded FX's development roster of original movies. These include: 44 MINUTES: THE NORTH HOLLYWOOD SHOOTOUT, THE PENTAGON PAPERS, RFK, SINS OF THE FATHER and A GLIMPSE OF HELL.
Prior to joining FX, Reilly was president of Brad Grey Television, the television production arm of Brillstein-Grey Ent. He joined Brillstein-Grey in 1994 and helped build the television studio into one of the most successful independent suppliers of television programming. He shepherded some of television's top shows, such as the pilot for HBO's THE SOPRANOS, the NBC comedies JUST SHOOT ME and NEWSRADIO, and the WB comedy THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW.
Previously, Reilly held a variety of positions over a six-year period at NBC Ent. and had a hand in the development of some of the network's most distinctive hits. As vp of drama development (1992-94), he was responsible for supervising the development of the pilots of ER and HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. His other positions at NBC included director of drama development/director of current drama at NBC Ent. (1989-92) and manager of creative affairs for NBC Prods. (1988).