NBCUniversal is making a change at the top of its reality division.
Jenny Groom, who was tapped in 2020 to oversee reality and game shows for Susan Rovner’s entertainment portfolio, is with the company. Sources say Rovner wanted to make a change at the division based on the overall performance of Groom’s unscripted shows at NBC, Peacock and the rest of the cable portfolio. Sources say the company is close to a deal with a candidate to replace the beloved CEO.
Rovner selected Groom and Rod Aissa to work together without a script. Groom hosted reality and talent show and game shows, while Aissa hosted docuseries. The structure is expected to remain the same with a new director taking over from Groom, who along with Aissa consists of over 200 unscripted shows.
Groom started as a page with NBC in 2003 and became part of the alternative team of Paul Telegdy and Meredith Ahr at the network. She recently supervised The Voice, America’s Got Talent, Ellen’s Game of Games and American Ninja Warrior, among other hits. Her promotion in late 2020 ensured a seamless transition as the division was rocked by the forced exits of Telegdy and Ahr.
NBC Entertainment President Telegdy and his top unscripted exec, Ahr, were both fired after an investigation at the company revealed they harbored a toxic culture, the allegations of which were first described by The Hollywood reporter.
Following Telegdy’s ouster, NBCUniversal has restructured its entertainment division under Frances Berwick and Rovner. Berwick oversees the business side, while Rovner is creative. Together they manage a portfolio that includes NBC, Peacock, USA Network, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, Syfy and Universal Kids.
Here’s the groom’s note to the staff:
I wanted to share that I am leaving NBC after almost twenty years.
From starting as a page and moving up through scripted and unscripted programming, my experiences at NBCU have been invaluable. But there is no doubt that what I cherish most is the people, the relationships and most importantly my incredible team.
I am so proud of all we have accomplished together over the years, and I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work side by side with all of you.
Change can be scary, but I believe change is a good thing too. I’m ready and excited for my next chapter, and whatever the future holds, I will always lean on the success of my NBCUniversal family.
all my dear,