Angela Bromstad steps down from NBC Entertainment
The executive housecleaning at NBC Entertainment continues in advance of Comcast Corp.'s takeover next week of NBC Universal.
On Thursday, NBC's president of prime-time entertainment, Angela Bromstad, announced to her staff that she would be leaving the network. Bromstad was the network's top programming executive, responsible for developing such shows as "Parenthood," "The Cape," "The Event" and "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Two days ago, the federal government approved Comcast's plan to take over majority interest in NBC Universal. One of Comcast's priorities will be to fix NBC's struggling prime-time schedule.
Indeed, for the last several weeks former Showtime entertainment President Bob Greenblatt, who will become chairman of NBC Entertainment, has been attending meetings and reading scripts, in effect acting as a shadow chief programmer in the run-up to the merger. NBC began ordering pilots this week. People close to the situation said that Greenblatt has been unimpressed with NBC's development and plans to put his own team in place.
It was unclear whether Greenblatt asked Bromstad to leave before he officially takes over next Friday.
In an e-mail Thursday afternoon to her staff, Bromstad struck a personal note, saying, "I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in an email but suffice it to say I have tremendous respect for the company and for the people with whom I have had the privilege to work with and know during my time here. I take great memories and friendships with me and I wish you all the best going forward."
-- Meg James
Photo: Angela Bromstad. Credit: Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times