Bob Greenblatt joined NBCUniversal in January 2011 as Chairman, NBC Entertainment and reports to Steve Burke. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of primetime and late night programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations, and scheduling for NBC and also oversees Universal Media Studios.
Bob was most recently President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks Inc., where he supervised a slate of original programming that dramatically altered the Showtime brand and repositioned the company as a leader in premium cable television. Over his seven-year tenure the audience subscription base increased 52% — to a record high of 19 million subscribers — and profitability soared an incredible 97%.
He was responsible for such seminal hit series as Weeds, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, The Tudors, Californication, United States of Tara, The Big C, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, This American Life, Penn & Teller: Bullshit! and Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, among others. These shows and their outstanding actors have been consistently honored with multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, AFI, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA and Peabody awards, and in 2010 alone they collectively garnered a record-breaking number of both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for the network. More recent additions to the roster of original programming hits included The Big C, starring the award-winning Laura Linney and Oliver Platt, which debuted in August 2010 to the highest ratings for a Showtime series in over eight years. And 2011 brought the premieres of The Borgias, an epic one-hour period drama starring Jeremy Irons which was created by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan; Shameless, a one-hour drama starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum; and Episodes, a half-hour comedy starring Matt LeBlanc.
Prior to Showtime, Bob was an award-winning producer of over a dozen series on various networks. The highlight of those shows was Six Feet Under, for which he was awarded the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series. It garnered dozens of Emmy nominations, including four for Outstanding Drama Series, and won the 2003 Producers Guild Award, three GLAAD Media Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. He also produced two Emmy-nominated miniseries: Elvis for CBS (starring Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Gregory Nava’s American Family for PBS.
Bob began his television career at the Fox Broadcasting Company where he ran primetime programming and developed such memorable shows as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, The X-Files, Party of Five, Ally McBeal and King of the Hill, in addition to the pilots for The Sopranos and Dawson’s Creek.
As a Broadway producer, he produced the Tony Award-nominated musical adaptation of the film 9 To 5 which starred Allison Janney (Drama Desk Award winner) and featured a score by Dolly Parton. 9 To 5: The Musical is currently on tour throughout the country. Bob is a member of the Broadway League of Theatrical Producers.
He studied theatre management at the University of Illinois, earning a BFA degree, followed by an M.A. in Business (Arts Administration) from the University of Wisconsin/Madison. And he is an MFA graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School of Cinema-Television.