Paul Telegdy is Chairman, NBC Entertainment, and reports to Jeff Shell, Chairman, NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.
As Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy is responsible for overseeing all aspects of primetime and scripted daytime programming for the network, including business affairs, marketing, communications, scheduling, West Coast research and digital operations, as well as first-run syndication.
Prior to being named Chairman, Telegdy served as Co-Chairman with George Cheeks. As Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment, Cheeks and Telegdy were jointly responsible for overseeing all aspects of primetime, late night and scripted daytime programming for the NBC network, which won the 2018-19 52-week season for the sixth time in a row. Under their leadership, “Manifest” and “New Amsterdam” became breakout scripted hits, “Songland” was the 2019 summer #1 new alternative series and both “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” had highly successful launches.
Previously, Telegdy was President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, providing leadership in a role which was created specifically for him in June 2016. That year, Telegdy launched Universal Television Alternative Studio, quickly building a world-class studio focused on unscripted series.
Under Telegdy, NBC’s unscripted series and specials programming saw monumental success, including such major franchises as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “World of Dance,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” the “Golden Globe Awards,” “Little Big Shots,” and “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” He also oversaw the global philanthropic event “Red Nose Day” which to date has raised more than $190 million to impact the lives of children around the world.
Universal Television Alternative Studio recently launched the songwriting competition format “Songland,” and “Bring the Funny,” a comedy competition featuring Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy. Other success include NBC’s high stakes game show “The Wall,” the physical competition series, “The Titan Games,” with Executive Producer Dwayne Johnson, "Making It," with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, as well as "Hollywood Game Night," with Emmy Award winning host Jane Lynch.
As the head of syndication, Telegdy also recently led the development of “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” a one-hour talk show starring the multi-talented, Grammy Award-winning artist. The show will debut in Fall 2019.
Following his arrival at NBC in 2008, Telegdy was elevated to President, Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment in 2011.
Before arriving at NBC and Universal Television Studios, Telegdy served as an executive at the BBC from 1998 until 2008.
Telegdy graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Korean and Japanese.