Kevin Reilly (executive)

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Kevin Reilly
Kevin reilly samantha bee 2015 Turner Upfront.jpg
Kevin Reilly (r) with Samantha Bee at the Turner Upfront Greenroom, May 2015.
Born Manhasset, NY
Occupation Television executive
Website
http://www.turner.com

Kevin Reilly is the president of TV channels TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment. He is the former Chairman of Entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company, where he oversaw all prime-time development, programming, scheduling, marketing, research, digital and business affairs for the network.

Early life[edit]

Kevin Reilly was born in Manhasset, NY. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Professional background[edit]

FX[edit]

Reilly served as President of Entertainment for FX. In that role, Reilly helped redefine the basic cable business with an aggressive slate of original quality programming including The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me. Within a year of his arrival, FX made cable history with its seminal series, The Shield, which broke cable ratings records when it premiered and went on to receive a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series (2002) and an Emmy Award for lead actor Michael Chiklis (2002).[1]

NBC[edit]

After leaving his role at FX, Reilly first served as NBC's President, Primetime Development in fall 2003. He became President of the network in May 2004 and served until May 2007. He began his career at NBC Entertainment almost two decades earlier.

Early in his career at NBC, Reilly supervised Law & Order in its first season and developed ER. After his first stint at NBC, Reilly was President of Brad Grey Television, the television production arm of Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. He joined Brillstein-Grey in 1994. He was responsible for shepherding some of television’s top shows, such as the pilot for The Sopranos, and the NBC comedies Just Shoot Me! and NewsRadio. Reilly's vocal support of The Office helped it survive its low-rated first season.[2] He is credited with developing shows such as My Name Is Earl, Heroes, 30 Rock, and Friday Night Lights.[3] Despite having received a new three-year contract at NBC in February 2007, Reilly's partnership with NBC was terminated in late May 2007, and Reilly departed soon after.[4] Approximately one month later, Reilly was hired as President of Entertainment at FOX.

Fox[edit]

At Fox, Reilly supervised and introduced several successful and critically celebrated TV series. Reilly introduced the hit drama "Sleepy Hollow (TV series), Golden Globe Award winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as The Following, the highest-rated broadcast drama of the 2012-13 season[5] and The Mindy Project, the #1 new comedy of 2012-13 to be picked up for a second season. Prior to leaving FOX, Reilly greenlit "Gotham" and "Empire," two of the 2014-15 season's most popular new series. Reilly also championed New Girl, the network’s highest-rated fall sitcom debut in 10 years,.[6] Reilly launched Glee, which won the Golden Globe for Best Series – Musical or Comedy[7] in 2010. He is generally credited with creating Jane Lynch’s character, Sue Sylvester, on the show.[8] Reilly also developed and launched Seth MacFarlane’s The Cleveland Show and the J.J. Abrams thriller Fringe at Fox.

Reilly also bolstered Fox’s leadership and investment in digital and social media. He was the architect behind the Animation Domination High-Def [9] - an independent digital animation studio generating alternative animation for digital channels and a late-night block on FOX.[10] Notably, Reilly championed a "no pilot season" strategy (designed to nurture fewer new FOX shows with more investment), during which he was responsible for greenlighting hit shows Gotham (TV series), Last Man on Earth (TV series), and Empire (2015 TV series).[11][12][13]

Reilly left Fox in May 2014.[14]

Turner Broadcasting[edit]

Kevin Reilly is currently the President of TBS and TNT and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment Networks. His new role was announced[15] by Turner's President David Levy on November 4, 2014. He is responsible for overseeing and leading the TNT and TBS networks and brands, including all content development; business affairs and production; marketing, brand and creative services; digital platforms; and program scheduling, planning and content-monetization strategies.

As Chief Creative Officer, Reilly chairs the Turner Entertainment Programming Council, a coordinated effort engaging the senior programming executives of TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and truTV to explore and develop cross-platform opportunities; expand the division's pipeline of leading content; and position and advantage Turner as the premier partner for creative providers of every genre. Reilly is based in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Reilly is an avid conservationist who serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of California. He is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the World Presidents' Organization and in early 2015 was elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jack Myers. "Kevin Reilly: Bringing Must-See TV Back to NBC". Today's Commentary, www.mediavillage.com (November 15, 2006). Archived from the original on 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ John Consoli. "Analysis: Is Reilly a Scapegoat for NBC's Failures?". network tv/syndication, Mediaweek (May 28, 2007). Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  3. ^ Ed Martin. "Kevin Reilly Revived Must-See TV at NBC". Ed Martin's Watercooler TV, www.mediavillage.com (May 30, 2007). Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Reilly Expected To Lose Job At NBC". Entertainment, CBS News (May 28, 2007). Retrieved 2007-05-31. [dead link]
  5. ^ Patten, Dominic. "Full 2012-2013 TV Season Series Rankings". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ James Hibberd. "Zooey Deschanel's 'New Girl' opens big". Entertainment Weekly (Sep 21, 2011). Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ John Consoli. "Fox Tops 2009-10 Ratings; CBS Wins Viewers". The Wrap (May 27, 2010). Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  8. ^ Greg Hernandez. "Glee creator Ryan Murphy says Sue Sylvester character was not in original script of hit Fox show". Greg In Hollywood. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  9. ^ Young, Susan. "Reilly: Nurturing Fox's Next-Gen Toon Stars". Variety. Retrieved Dec 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Crupi, Anthony. "Fox Inks Partnership With YouTube's WIGS Channel". Adweek. Retrieved Feb 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.ew.com/article/2015/01/17/gotham-empire-season-2
  12. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/will-forte-comedy-last-man-679829
  13. ^ http://www.vulture.com/2014/05/kevin-reilly-on-fox-pilot-season.html
  14. ^ Greenwald, Andy. http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/kevin-reilly-is-out-at-fox-so-what-now-for-him-the-network-and-the-future-of-broadcast-tv/. Retrieved 24 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ PR, Turner. "KEVIN REILLY JOINS TURNER BROADCASTING". Turner Broadcasting. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Jeff Zucker
President of NBC Entertainment
2004-2007
Succeeded by
Ben Silverman
Preceded by
Peter Liguori
President of FOX Entertainment
2007-2012
Succeeded by
Peter Rice
Preceded by
Peter Rice
Chairman of FOX Entertainment
2012-2014
Succeeded by
Peter Rice
Preceded by
Steve Koonin
President of TBS and TNT
2014-
Succeeded by
Incumbent