NBC reality exec Craig Plestis fired, replaced by BBC’s Paul Telegdy
The NBC executive who developed shows such as America’s Got Talent, For Love or Money, and Who Wants to Marry My Dad? has been fired along with two other NBC executives. Craig Plestis will be replaced by BBC Worldwide Productions’ Paul Telegdy, who oversaw the adaptation of Strictly Come Dancing into ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
NBC is expected to announce that officially today, after Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke reported Friday that “Teri Weinberg, the EVP of NBC Entertainment, and Katherine Pope, the Universal Studio Media President, have been fired as well as NBC Reality czar Craig Plestis (who’d been twisting in the wind for weeks).” He “had months left on his contract as NBC Entertainment’s EVP of Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, so shitcanning him isn’t expensive. The problem is that, beyond America’s Got Talent, no recent NBC reality shows have stuck,” she reported.
That was rumored back in late October, when Finke reported that “Paul Telegdy suddenly and unexpectedly resigned from BBC Worldwide America” and “Plestis went to [NBC head] Ben Silverman and asked if he were being replaced by Telegdy, as insiders speculated to [Finke] today when Paul quit the BBC.”
Plestis will now produce shows for NBC. He was promoted to executive vice President of alternative programming, development and specials in March of 2007, and when NBC announced Superstar Dancers of the World in mid-November, Plestis told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ll be here for a long time at NBC. I wouldn’t be buying shows and talking about them if I wasn’t.”
The Los Angeles Times notes that “Plestis was in charge of game and reality shows, although several of his initiatives, such as ‘Clash of the Choirs’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’ sputtered in the ratings.” Ironically, Clash of the Choirs was executive produced by Telegdy, since the winter mini-series was produced by BBC Worldwide America.