Chip Sullivan, a veteran PR executive and global head of branding for DreamWorks, has been hired as Executive Vice President of Communications at NBC Entertainment, TheWrap has learned.
A confidant of Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sullivan will now report directly to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.
“I’m overjoyed that Chip Sullivan will be coming to NBC,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “He is one of the brightest, most innovative, and most highly regarded communications experts I’ve ever known, and his legendary tenure at DreamWorks puts him in a unique position to bring great vision and a fresh perspective to our programming and our leadership team.”
Sullivan will head media relations for the network and Universal Television, also acting as a liaison to corporate communications and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast. Before DreamWorks, Sullivan served as a special projects director at Disney.
Sullivan’s hire comes six months after the sudden resignation of longtime Greenblatt consigliere Richard Licata.
As TheWrap was first to report, Licata was accused of verbal abuse, an uncontrolled temper and favoritism during his three-year tenure at NBC. The accusations led to an external review of Licata by law firm Proskauer Rose.
“This is all false, it’s like character assassination,” Licata said of the allegations in an exclusive interview. “Have I pushed people to do the kind of work that I thought they were capable of? Absolutely. I have never, ever done it abusively.”