Robert Greenblatt

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Robert Greenblatt
Born1959/1960 (age 58-59)[1]
Rockford, Illinois, USA
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois
Boylan Catholic High School[2]
OccupationTelevision executive
EmployerNBC Universal
Notable work9 to 5
TelevisionThe Voice
Parenthood
Chicago Fire
TitleChairman, NBC Entertainment
PredecessorJeff Gaspin
AwardsNorman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television Drama
Websitenbcuni.com

Robert Greenblatt (born 1959/1960) is an American television executive and current Chairman of NBC Entertainment.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Greenblatt was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, USA.[1] He was raised Catholic and attended Boylan Catholic High School.[6][2] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre management from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin's Madison School of Business. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinema-Television's Peter Stark Producing Program.[4]

Career[edit]

Greenblatt began his television career at the Fox Broadcasting Company where he ran prime-time programming and developed such shows as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, The X-Files, and Party of Five.[3][4]

From 1997 to 2003, Greenblatt was an award-winning producer (along with David Janollari through their production company, The Greenblatt Janollari Studio) of over a dozen series for various networks, including Six Feet Under, along with the 2005 miniseries Elvis and Gregory Nava's American Family for PBS.[3][4]

From 2003 to 2010, Greenblatt was President of Entertainment for Showtime.[7] He supervised a slate of original programming that dramatically repositioned the pay channel as a leader in the premium cable business. Under his leadership, he developed and supervised award-winning shows like Weeds, Dexter, Californication, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, and United States of Tara.[3][4]

As a theatrical producer, Greenblatt developed the musical stage adaptation of 9 to 5, which premiered on Broadway in April 2009 and closed September 2009, with the National Tour starting in September 2010. It was nominated for four Tony Awards.[3][4]

Greenblatt is currently the chairman of NBC Entertainment. He succeeded Jeff Gaspin in January 2011 after Comcast took control of the newly renamed NBCUniversal.[3][8]

Personal life[edit]

Greenblatt is the first and only openly gay broadcast TV president.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stoeffel, Kat (22 March 2011). "Bob Greenblatt's Season of Fiats at NBC". New York Observer.
  2. ^ a b Baum, Geraldine (30 April 2009). "TV Exec Turns Back the Clock to Stage '9 to 5'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment". NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Showtime Executive Biography: Robert Greenblatt". Sho.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ Schechner, Sam (13 July 2011). "NBC Names Jennifer Salke New Entertainment President". Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ "NBC's Greenblatt rebuilds network long in disarray". WWSB. Retrieved January 4, 2013. Greenblatt boils down his background this way: a gay, Catholic kid with a Jewish last name who grew up in rural Rockford, Ill.
  7. ^ Stelter, Brian (25 June 2010). "Showtime's President Is Said to Be Stepping Down". New York Times.
  8. ^ Carter, Bill (21 November 2010). "Comcast's Plans for Executives Offer Clues to Future of NBC". New York Times.
  9. ^ Jensen, Michael (7 April 2011). "Interview: Robert Greenblatt Says His Being First Gay Broadcast TV President is No Big Deal. We Beg to Differ!". AfterElton.com.
Preceded by
Jeff Gaspin
Chairman of NBC Entertainment
2011–
Succeeded by