Kevin Reilly Quits NBC

Entertainment prez leaves struggling network; Zucker recruits Reveille head
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2007 6:35 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Kevin Reilly is bolting from his gig as NBC's entertainment president, reports Variety, after network capo Jeff Zucker recruited Reveille head Ben Silverman for a position over him. Reilly—who produced several hits including Heroes and Deal or No Deal—will take his multi-million dollar severance package and most likely join a new network.

Zucker has shaken up the last-place Peacock since being promoted to president, and is looking to flashy upstart Silverman—of Ugly Betty and The Office fame—to ignite the network's West Coast operations. Watching another outside executive brought in above him miffed Reilly, whose departure could be announced as early as today.