NBC Hires Linda Giambrone to Head Alternative Production Across Network & Studio
Emmy Award-nominated television producer and production executive Linda Giambrone, who most recently served as executive vice president and head of unscripted production for Endemol Shine North America, has joined NBC Entertainment as executive vice president of production.
In this new role, Giambrone will oversee all aspects of physical production for all alternative programming on NBC as well as for the newly created Universal Television Alternative studio, which under the leadership of President Meredith Ahr has produced a series of hits including "Better Late Than Never," "Hollywood Game Night," "The Wall," and this summer's #1 new show "World of Dance."
"The fact that Linda is joining our team at this pivotal point in Universal Television Alternative's growth is a huge coup for us," said Ahr. "A studio's value is in being a trusted brand, and that is built on its people's ability to innovate, problem solve, and deliver at the highest level. Linda is someone who will ensure our execution is unparalleled as we continue to expand and position ourselves as a global leader."
"With her vast experience working in various television formats and launching productions of all sizes, Linda is one of the industry's most respected production executives," said George Cheeks, President Business Operations and Late Night Programming, NBC and Universal Television. "I'm looking forward to working with Linda to grow our studio operations and expand our global footprint with innovative alternative formats."
With more than 20 years of experience in television production, Giambrone oversaw all unscripted production for Endemol Shine NORTH AMERICA including global hit series "MasterChef" (FOX), "MasterChef Junior" (FOX), "The Biggest Loser" (NBC), "The Island" (NBC), "Restaurant Startup" (CNBC) among many others for truTV, GSN and TBS. She also provided Stateside support for various international Endemol Shine Group sister companies.
In 2005, prior to joining Shine America, Giambrone was tapped by BBC Worldwide Productions, Inc. to launch their superbrand "Dancing with the Stars," which would become one of ABC's signature alternative programs. Within six months she was named senior vice president of production and would move on to help build their North American presence by launching production companies in both New York and Los Angeles. In addition, she obtained production oversight of the joint venture with BBC Worldwide and Discovery and provided support to various sister production companies across the globe.
A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in broadcast communications and a focus on journalism, Giambrone currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the Producer's Guild of America and the Television Academy.