Ben Silverman, the co-chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment, is leaving the company to start up a new venture in partnership with Barry Diller’s media and Internet company, IAC.
Ben Silverman, who came to NBC in 2007 after leading his own independent company, is leaving to start a new venture with IAC.
The news was announced by IAC and Mr. Silverman Monday morning. At the same time, NBC announced that Jeff Gaspin, who has headed NBCU’s cable operations, will also assume Mr. Silverman’s role as head of the entertainment division.
Here are some thoughts from Silverman's successor.
A small selection of our "Best (or worst) of Ben Silverman":
And from a New York magazine article on Silverman, (published 4/9/09, but updated by me):
Series Created Under Silverman (total number of episodes as of 4/19):
Celebrity Apprentice (19)
Howie Do It (14)
American Gladiators (21)
America's Toughest Jobs (10)
The Baby Borrowers (6)
Bionic Woman (8)
Celebrity Circus (6)
Chopping Block (3)
Fear Itself (8)
Lipstick Jungle (20)
Momma's Boys (6)
My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (8)
My Own Worst Enemy (9)
The Singing Bee (19)
Kath & Kim (17)
Knight Rider (17)
Superstars of Dance (5) (not certain)