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NBC's long-time late night boss steps down after 31 years
After 31 years in programming posts at NBC, including decades overseeing a tumultuous late-night landscape that included Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, Rick Ludwin stepped down as EVP for Late Night and Primetime Series this week.
Ascending to the newly created post of President of Alternative and Late Night Programming at NBC is Paul Telegdy, who was credited with overseeing development on "The Voice."
"Rick Ludwin has contributed an enviable legacy in his three decades at NBC, particularly in late-night programs, where he made seminal changes to the TV landscape working with such NBC greats as Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld, and legends such as Bob Hope," stated NBC Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rick as he moves from the executive ranks to his role as a valued consultant."
Adds Ludwin, "I couldn't have asked for or imagined a more rewarding job than the one I've had at NBC. To have been a part of TV history with ‘Seinfeld’, our late night franchises, ‘Saturday Night Live’ and with all our producers, writers and talent has been unbelievable. Since I was a kid it was a dream of mine to work at NBC. I got to do it and continue to be grateful."
Ludwin was one of the executives involved in NBC's 1993 decision to pick Jay Leno over David Letterman for the "Tonight Show" hosting gig, a move chronicled in Bill Carter's "The Late Shift," as well as the HBO movie of the same name, in which Ludwin was played by Michael Chieffo.
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