George Cheeks is Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios and reports to Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios. Cheeks is also in charge of late night for NBC Entertainment.
Previously, Cheeks was Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and, along with Paul Telegdy, was jointly responsible for overseeing all aspects of primetime, late night 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. Under their leadership, NBC won the 2018-19 52-week season for the sixth year in a row, “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.
Prior to being named Co-Chairman, Cheeks served as Co-President, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. In this role, he jointly oversaw creative development and operations for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment studios along with Co-President Dawn Olmstead. Cheeks also oversaw Business Affairs for Cable Entertainment.
In his previous post, Cheeks also held the title of President, Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. In this role, he oversaw the late-night slate for the network’s lucrative and successful franchises that include “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Previously, Cheeks was President of Business Operations and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment where he oversaw business affairs for NBC Entertainment and production operations for Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions in addition to his late night role.
Cheeks joined NBC in 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Viacom Music and Entertainment Groups, Content Distribution and Marketing, as well as Head of Standards and Practices for Viacom Media Networks, in New York.
Cheeks began his career as an Entertainment Associate at Loeb & Loeb from 1992-94. In addition, he served as Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, for Castle Rock Entertainment from 1995-97 and worked as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, in Beverly Hills from 1997-98. In 1998, he began working as Senior Counsel for MTV Networks in the Business and Legal Affairs Department for the Nickelodeon Group. There he rose through the ranks and in 2005 was elevated to Executive Vice President and General Counsel for MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Films, VH1, CMT and LOGO.
A graduate of Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa), Cheeks received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (cum laude).