Jamie Horowitz has been named the new senior vice president and general manager of the “Today” show.
Horowitz, who will take the reins later this year, joins from ESPN where he currently serves as vice president of Original Programming and Production. In his new role, Horowitz will oversee the “Today” leadership team, including Don Nash, Dee Dee Thomas, and Jen Brown.
He will report to NBC News President Deborah Turness.
“Jamie has the skills, the talent and the experience to lead the ‘Today’ brand into the future,” Turness said in a release. “He is first and foremost a great producer behind several hit formats at ESPN. He comes at things from unexpected angles and has a popular touch combined with real intellectual creativity. Jamie is the perfect person for this crucial role — he is a visionary leader, a creative thinker and a seasoned expert in developing and driving brands that truly connect.”
“I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide ‘Today’ into the future,” Horowitz said. “This is an exciting and invigorating opportunity, and I am humbled to work with one of the most indelible brands in television. I am also grateful to John Skipper and ESPN for the opportunities and support they have given me over the past eight years.”
At ESPN, Horowitz oversaw a number of successful shows, including “First Take,” “Olbermann,” “Numbers Never Lie,” “SportsNation,” and ESPN’s “World Series of Poker” programming.
Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports, where he received four Sports Emmys for his work on NBC Olympics coverage and the NBA on NBC. He began his career in television as an NBC Olympics researcher for the 2000 Summer Olympics.