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Ben Silverman out at NBC

NBCBen Silverman is out at NBC, where longtime Peacock cable exec Jeff Gaspin has just been named chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

Silverman has struck a deal with Barry Diller’s IAC to launch a new production company that the two said would “unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof.”

News comes just weeks after NBC quietly confirmed that Silverman had signed an agreement to extend his employment at the Peacock, where his two-year deal was set to expire.

Instead, Silverman will now only stick around “for several weeks to assist in the launch of NBC’s fall schedule,” the network said in an early-morning press release.

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