Jamie Horowitz Named SVNP, General Manager of 'TODAY'
NBC News President Deborah Turness announced today that Jamie Horowitz will be the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of TODAY. Horowitz, who will take the helm later this year, joins from ESPN, where he currently serves as Vice President of Original Programming and Production.
Reporting to Turness, Horowitz will lead the TODAY brand and drive greater integration and growth among all parts of the brand, on all platforms -- including the four hours of live television every weekday, Weekend TODAY, TODAY.com, and the Plaza experience. He will also explore new formats, such as extensions in digital, e-commerce, events and other opportunities to serve the audience beyond the day-to-day execution of the existing broadcast and digital platforms. Horowitz will oversee the TODAY leadership team, including Don Nash, Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown, to forge a unified vision for success that reflects the values of this powerful brand.
"Jamie has the skills, the talent and the experience to lead the TODAY brand into the future," said Turness. "He is first and foremost a great producer behind several hit formats at ESPN. He comes at things from unexpected angles and has a popular touch combined with real intellectual creativity. Jamie is the perfect person for this crucial role -- he is a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect."
"I am honored to join Deborah's team and help guide TODAY into the future," said Horowitz. "This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years."
At ESPN, Horowitz has been responsible for helping to identify new programming needs and coordinating the production effort to strategically meet those needs. He has overseen a number of successful shows, including "First Take," "Olbermann," "Numbers Never Lie," "SportsNation," and ESPN's Sports Emmy-nominated "World Series of Poker" programming. Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports, where he was honored with four Sports Emmys for his work on NBC Olympics coverage and the NBA on NBC. He began his career in television as an NBC Olympics Researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics.