Robert Greenblatt

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Robert Greenblatt
Born 1960 (age 57–58)[1]
Rockford, Illinois, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois
Boylan Catholic High School[2]
Occupation Television executive
Employer NBC Universal
Notable work 9 to 5
Television The Voice
Chicago Fire
Title Chairman, NBC Entertainment
Predecessor Jeff Gaspin
Awards Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television Drama

Robert Greenblatt (born 1960) is an American television executive and current Chairman of NBC Entertainment.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Greenblatt was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, USA,[1] he was raised Catholic and attended Boylan Catholic High School.[6][7] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre management from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin's Madison School of Business. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinema-Television's Peter Stark Producing Program.[4]


Greenblatt began his television career at the Fox Broadcasting Company where he ran prime-time programming and developed such shows as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, The X-Files, and Party of Five.[3][4]

From 1997 to 2003, Greenblatt was an award-winning producer (along with David Janollari through their production company, The Greenblatt Janollari Studio) of over a dozen series for various networks, including Six Feet Under, along with the 2005 miniseries Elvis and Gregory Nava's American Family for PBS.[3][4]

From 2003 to 2010, Greenblatt was President of Entertainment for Showtime,[8] he supervised a slate of original programming that dramatically repositioned the pay channel as a leader in the premium cable business. Under his leadership, he developed and supervised award-winning shows like Weeds, Dexter, Californication, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, and United States of Tara.[3][4]

As a theatrical producer, Greenblatt developed the musical stage adaptation of 9 to 5, which premiered on Broadway in April 2009 and closed September 2009, with the National Tour starting in September 2010, it was nominated for four Tony Awards.[3][4]

Greenblatt is currently the chairman of NBC Entertainment, he succeeded Jeff Gaspin in January 2011 after Comcast took control of the newly renamed NBCUniversal.[3][9]

Personal life[edit]

Greenblatt is the first and only openly gay broadcast TV president.[10]


  1. ^ a b Stoeffel, Kat (22 March 2011). "Bob Greenblatt's Season of Fiats at NBC". New York Observer. 
  2. ^ Baum, Geraldine (30 April 2009). "TV Exec Turns Back the Clock to Stage '9 to 5'". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment". NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Showtime Executive Biography: Robert Greenblatt". Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Schechner, Sam (13 July 2011). "NBC Names Jennifer Salke New Entertainment President". Wall Street Journal. 
  6. ^ Moore, Frazier. "Bob the Rebuilder: NBC Boss Robert Greenblatt Scores Success at a Network Long in Disarray - Television". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2 November 2013. Greenblatt boils down his background this way: a gay, Catholic kid with a Jewish last name who grew up in rural Rockford, Ill. 
  7. ^ Baum, Geraldine (20 April 2009). "TV exec turns back the clock to stage '9 to 5': Taking the musical version of the film to Broadway, Showtime's Bob Greenblatt got more than a little help from his hometown friends". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Stelter, Brian (25 June 2010). "Showtime's President Is Said to Be Stepping Down". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Carter, Bill (21 November 2010). "Comcast's Plans for Executives Offer Clues to Future of NBC". New York Times. 
  10. ^ Jensen, Michael (7 April 2011). "Interview: Robert Greenblatt Says His Being First Gay Broadcast TV President is No Big Deal. We Beg to Differ!". 
Preceded by
Jeff Gaspin
Chairman of NBC Entertainment
Succeeded by