Paul Telegdy serves as Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and reports to NBCU Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke. In this role, Telegdy is jointly responsible for overseeing all aspects of primetime, late night and scripted daytime programming for the network, including business affairs, marketing, communications, scheduling, West Coast research and digital operations, as well as first-run syndication.
Prior to being named Co-Chairman in September 2018, Telegdy most recently served as President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, providing leadership in a role which was created specifically for him in June 2016. That year, Telegdy launched Universal Television Alternative Studio, appointing Meredith Ahr as President.
Under Telegdy, NBC’s unscripted series and specials programming saw monumental success, including such major franchises as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “World of Dance,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” the “Golden Globe Awards,” “Little Big Shots,” and “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” He also oversaw the global philanthropic event “Red Nose Day” which to date has raised more than $145 million to impact the lives of children around the world.
Universal Television Alternative Studio also launched NBC’s high stakes game show “The Wall,” which in addition to stateside success garnered exceptional interest across the globe, becoming the highest rated game show upon its debut in France on TF1. The series also premiered impressively in Germany and Italy, and is airing in 25 countries including Canada, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.
The studio is also responsible for “Making It,” the network’s competition for America’s best artisans and makers, developed and executive produced by Amy Poehler, who serves as host alongside Nick Offerman, as well as “Hollywood Game Night,” with Emmy Award winning host Jane Lynch, which has been sold internationally in 17 countries and is set for its sixth season. Additionally, Dwayne Johnson is serving as executive producer and star of the new physical competition series “The Titan Games,”which is set to premiere Jan 2.
As the head of syndication, Telegdy also recently led the development of “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” a one-hour talk show starring the multi-talented, Grammy Award-winning artist. The show will debut in Fall 2019.
Following his arrival at NBC in 2008, Telegdy was elevated to President, Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment in 2011.
Before arriving at NBC and Universal Television Studios, Telegdy served as an executive at the BBC from 1998 until 2008.
Telegdy graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Korean and Japanese.