Veteran NBCUniversal unscripted exec steps down, shifts to consulting role

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NBCUniversal’s EVP of unscripted current production, Shari Levine, is stepping down from her position.

The veteran New York-based exec will continue to work with the company in a non-exclusive consulting capacity.

As a result of her exit, Noah Samton will expand his remit to become the new head of East Coast for unscripted lifestyle current production across all platforms. He previously served as SVP VP of current production at Bravo TV.

Meanwhile, Kathleen French and Ryan Flynn will share responsibility for the West Coast current production team, with all three execs reporting directly to Rod Aissa, head of unscripted content for NBCUniversal television and streaming.

Levine has spent more than two decades at NBCUniversal, with a focus on Bravo programming, overseeing unscripted franchises such as The Real Housewives, Below Deck and Million Dollar Listing.

In her new consulting role, Levine will continue to work on Below Deck and will pitch show ideas to NBCUniversal and Bravo, while remaining open to work with other networks and studios.

The news of Levine’s departure was first reported by Variety.

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