Paul Telegdy serves as 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 Studios, appointing Meredith Ahr as President. In January 2018, he added to his purview oversight of first-run syndication, as well as business affairs and production for unscripted and specials programming.
Telegdy’s current charge stems from a highly successful tenure as President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment, his previous post at the network which he held beginning in 2011.
Telegdy oversees NBC’s unscripted series and specials programming, including such major franchises as “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “World of Dance,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “The Wall,” the “Golden Globe Awards,” “Little Big Shots,” “Hollywood Game Night,” and “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” He also oversees the global philanthropic event “Red Nose Day” which to date has raised more than $145 million to impact the lives of children around the world.
Universal Television Alternative Studio’s most recent breakout hit, “World of Dance,” which features and is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, debuted in the summer of 2017 as the #1 new show of the year. The show is currently in production in Poland, Thailand and the Philippines. The format also debuted in Thailand to exceptional ratings, and is in negotiations with three other territories.
The studio also launched the high stakes game show “The Wall,” which in addition to stateside success garnered exceptional interest across the globe, becoming the highest rated game show of 2017 in France on TF1. The series also premiered impressively in Germany and Italy, and is airing in 25 countries including Canada, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Universal Television Alternative Studio is also responsible for "Better Late Than Never," which ranked as the #1 new summer series of 2016 and returned for a second season this year, as well as "Hollywood Game Night," with Emmy Award winning host Jane Lynch, which has been sold internationally in 17 countries and is set for its sixth season.
Before arriving at NBC and Universal Television Studios, Telegdy served as Executive Vice President, Sales, Content and Production, BBC Worldwide America from March 2008 until December 2008, based in Los Angeles.
While at the BBC, Teledgy increased the business market value by 100-fold. He also drove new business models and development across the company, negotiated major distribution and production deals, and nurtured new relationships with platforms for BBC content and intellectual property.
Earlier, Telegdy was Senior Vice President, BBC Productions Los Angeles, and BBC Worldwide America. During this time, he developed “Dancing with the Stars,” which has become one of the industry’s perennial top series hits.
Telegdy graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Korean and Japanese.