Silverman Leaves NBC, Goes Digital
Will head new company created with Barry Diller
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
Ben Silverman, newly appointed NBC Universal co-chairman holds a Peabody Award he received for NBC production of "The Office," during an awards luncheon in New York, Monday June 4, 2007.   (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – Ben Silverman is leaving NBC Entertainment and hitting the Internet, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The division's co-chair—who may have jumped and may have been pushed—will partner with Barry Diller and IAC to create “a next generation enterprise that bridges the gap between traditional television and the Internet,” Diller announced today. Silverman is already in talks to get Ryan Seacrest involved, TMZ reports.

“Media is being consumed across an increasing number of platforms, including TV, the Internet, mobile, and DVR,” says Silverman. “The next generation of media will be defined by the players who can capitalize on those trends and deliver integrated, compelling content across all platforms.”