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Ex-WBD exec Corie Henson named executive VP of unscripted at NBCUniversal

Former Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) exec Corie Henson has been appointed to the role of executive VP, entertainment unscripted content at NBCUniversal’s television and streaming group.

Corie Henson

LA-based Henson will oversee reality competition, talent competition and gameshow formats. She replaces Jenny Groom, the former executive VP of unscripted content, whose departure was confirmed last week.

Reporting to entertainment content chairman Susan Rovner, Henson will also have oversight of content development and current programming.

With the appointment, Henson, who was formerly the executive VP and head of unscripted for WBD networks TNT, TBS and TruTV, will take oversight of unscripted brands including NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, Bravo’s Top Chef and Peacock’s Baking It.

During her time heading up unscripted for US nets TNT, TBS and TruTV, Henson developed and launched an unscripted programming strategy for WarnerMedia that included Wipeout with John Cena, The Go Big Show, The Cube with Dwyane Wade and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses with Helen Mirren. She exited the role in June amid a widespread shake-up following the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery.

Before that, she was exec VP of alternative entertainment for the Fox Broadcasting Company, where she oversaw development and current franchises such as The Masked Singer, MasterChef, So You Think You Can Dance and Hell’s Kitchen, in addition to all live event specials. She was also previously the executive VP of unscripted TV at Electus and VP of alternative series at ABC.

Rovner said: “Corie is one of the most respected executives in the business and brings a résumé overflowing with big unscripted hits that have broken out across broadcast, streaming and cable platforms.

“Her deep experience with large volumes of programming across multiple networks and brands is a perfect fit for our NBCU content ecosystem. She’s joining an incredible group of programming leaders working across genres, and we’re excited to welcome her to the team.”

Henson added: “I’ve always admired the NBCU unscripted portfolio – and grew up on Must See TV – so I’m thrilled by the opportunity to join this incredible team to nurture this slate of massively successful shows, take risks on developing new innovative programming and, of course, continue championing the best producers in the business.”


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