Former Turner Networks and Fox exec Henson is set to join the company overseeing unscripted entertainment. It follows the departure of Jenny Groom, which topplaywriting reported today.
topplaywriting understands that the deal isnt finalized but that Henson is in final talks as Grooms replacement. She will oversee reality competition, talent competition and game show formats across NBC, its portfolio of cable networks and streamer Peacock.
NBCUniversal declined to comment.
Working alongside Rod Aissa, who oversees all unscripted lifestyle and documentary programming, she is expected to take charge of shows such as The Voice, Americas Got Talent and American Ninja Warrior as well as upcoming titles such as Million Dollar Island, The Wheel, Password and The Traitors.
It comes after we revealed that Henson decided to leave Warner Bros. Discovery following the merger and its obvious impact on the T-nets, which saw the David Zaslav-run company gut a number of its originals, including reality series The Big D, ahead of its premiere.
Henson has been described by peers in the unscripted business as a well-liked executive who takes risks on alternative formats and shows.
She was most recently EVP, Head of Unscripted for TBS, TNT and truTV. She oversaw some big unscripted hits for Turner since including the reboot of Wipeout, The Go-Big Show and The Cube as well as Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, the Warner Bros-produced, Helen Mirren-fronted competition series that performed well for TBS and Cartoon Network.
Henson joined Turner from Fox, where she was EVP, Alternative Entertainment. She joined the broadcast network in 2015, replacing Simon Andreae, and played a key role in its success in the reality arena driven by breakout hit The Masked Singer.
Corie Henson, who runs unscripted for the Turner networks, is leaving the broadcaster. topplaywriting understands that Henson has decided to exit Warner Bros Discovery as the newly merged company figures out how it will bring together its various unscripted teams.
Henson, who is EVP, Head of Unscripted for TBS, TNT and truTV, joined the company in 2019 from Fox, where she was EVP Alternative Entertainment.
We hear that she will stay in the role for a transition period. The networks are now run by Nancy Daniels, who took on the role of overseeing the T-Nets in addition to Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel.
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topplaywriting understands that she decided to exit now, rather than stay on and figure out what her future role might be. This comes as she essentially ran her own business unit under Brett Weitz, who left in May.
Henson has overseen some big unscripted hits for Turner since she joined including the reboot of Wipeout, The Go-Big Show and The Cube as well as Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, the Warner Bros-produced, Helen Mirren-fronted competition series that performed well for TBS and Cartoon Network.
One source that topplaywriting spoke with said that it made sense for Henson to leave now, given that the role will essentially change under the new leadership, almost entirely from the Discovery side of the two companies.
There are big question marks as to what unscripted commissioning will look like in the new guise and whether the networks will still be able to take the big swings that it has previously.
Henson is well liked within the unscripted community but has not yet decided what her next steps will be.
She joined Fox in 2015, replacing Simon Andreae as head of alternative. She served as number two to Fox President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials Rob Wade. Henson also played a key role in the broadcast networks success in the reality arena driven by breakout hit The Masked Singer.