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,” “Genius Junior,” “Hollywood Game Night,” “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” and “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” He also oversees the global philanthropic event “Red Nose Day” which to date has raised more than $100 million to impact the lives of children around the world.
Upcoming series include “Making It,” executive produced and hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; “The Awesome Show,” executive produced and hosted by Chris Hardwick; and “The Titan Games,” executive produced and hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
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.