NBC News President Deborah Turness has tapped ESPN‘s Jamie Horowitz to become SVP and GM of Today. Horowitz, who is VP Original Programming and Production at ESPN, will start the NBC gig later this year. Reporting to Turness, he will lead the morning infotainment program’s brand, with NBC saying he will be tasked with driving “greater integration and growth among all parts of the brand, on all platforms — including the four hours of live television every weekday, weekend Today, Today.com, and the Plaza experience.” He also will explore new formats, such as extensions in digital, e-commerce, events and other opportunities. Today Executive Producer Don Nash will report to Horowitz, as will weekend EP Dee Dee Thomas and Today.com director Jen Brown.
At ESPN, Horowitz oversaw a number of successful shows including First Take, Olbermann, Numbers Never Lie, SportsNation and its Sports Emmy-nominated World Series of Poker programming. Before joining ESPN in 2006, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports, where he won 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 Sydney Games.
“Jamie has the skills, the talent and the experience to lead the Today brand into the future,” said Turness. “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.”
Said Horowitz: “I am honored to join Deborah’s team and help guide Today into the future. 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.”