NBC Tran­si­tion

What’s ahead for the net­work now that top­per Bob Green­blatt plans to exit?

Variety - - Contents - Story by DANIEL HOL­LOWAY and BRIAN STEINBERG

THE EYE OF THE PEA­COCK is con­sid­ered by many to be a har­bin­ger of good luck, its bril­liant plume a source of pride.

But given the jar­ring de­vel­op­ments that hit NBC in the late af­ter­noon of Sept. 21, just as the week­end ap­proached, nei­ther tru­ism would ap­ply to the broad­cast net­work known in in­dus­try trade­s­peak as the Pea­cock.

Just as Va­ri­ety broke the news that NBC En­ter­tain­ment chair­man Bob Green­blatt was plan­ning to leave Nb­cu­ni­ver­sal, prompted in part by his frus­tra­tion with cor­po­rate man­age­ment, The Daily Beast si­mul­ta­ne­ously pub­lished a re­port claim­ing that em­bat­tled NBC News chief An­drew Lack did not re­spond force­fully to sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions that fes­tered at the net­work, in­clud­ing those lev­eled at former star an­chor Matt Lauer.

Nb­cu­ni­ver­sal ne­go­ti­ated Green­blatt’s exit agree­ment over the week­end, and an­nounced Sept. 24 that the ex­ec­u­tive would be suc­ceeded by two com­pany vet­er­ans — Ge­orge Cheeks and Paul Telegdy.

Lack’s fate at NBC is un­clear, but many in­dus­try in­sid­ers are pre­dict­ing that his forced de­par­ture may be im­mi­nent. The Daily Beast re­port al­leged Lack, in a pre­vi­ous job as chair­man and CEO of Sony BMG Mu­sic, pro­tected mu­sic ex­ec­u­tive Char­lie Walk, who had sent ex­plicit sex­ual email mes­sages to fe­male em­ploy­ees.

If these al­leged gaffes have prompted

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