Robert Greenblatt

Robert Greenblatt
Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer

Robert Greenblatt is Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. He is responsible for the overall management of HBO, the linear cable networks TNT, TBS, truTV, and the Direct-to-Consumer business.

One of the most influential television executives of the past two decades, Robert Greenblatt was most recently the Chairman of NBC Entertainment, a role he held from 2011 through 2018. There he was responsible for primetime, late night, and daytime entertainment programming, as well as First-Run Syndication.

Under Greenblatt's leadership, NBC rose back to the top after a decade in last place, winning the 52-week season for the last five consecutive years in adults 18-49 and added its first total-viewer crown in 16 years for the full 2017-18 season. NBC won eight consecutive fourth quarters and eight consecutive summers in adults 18-49, and the network’s powerful primetime lineup included such popular and critically acclaimed shows as “The Voice,” the Chicago trilogy, “This Is Us,” “New Amsterdam,” “Manifest,”  the revival of “Will & Grace,” “World of Dance” “The Good Place” and “Ellen’s Game of Games” to name just a few.

Greenblatt also oversaw Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studios, which produce nearly 40 scripted, late-night and reality series for a variety of networks and digital platforms. In addition to many shows for NBC primetime, the studios produce critically-acclaimed comedies like “Superstore” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” plus all of NBC’s hit late-night lineup, in addition to prestigious non-NBC comedies such as “Russian Doll,” “Master of None” and the Emmy-nominated “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" for Netflix. Off-network dramas also include “The Bold Type” on Freeform and “Magnum P.I.” and “F.B.I.” on CBS.

A Golden Globe Award-winning television producer (“Six Feet Under”) and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer (“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” and “Dear Evan Hansen”), Greenblatt has also led NBC to be at the forefront of live television events. He broke ground in 2013 with “The Sound of Music Live!” which attracted 21 million viewers and has become a yearly tradition now replicated by other networks. NBC presented “The Wiz Live!” in 2015, “Hairspray Live!” in 2016, and the Emmy-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” in 2018 starring John Legend.  

Greenblatt’s relationship with Dolly Parton led to him producing the Tony-nominated Broadway hit “9 to 5: The Musical” with a score by Parton, as well as NBC’s 2015 broadcast of her telefilm “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.” The TV movie garnered an audience of 16 million, making it the most-watched film on broadcast or cable in nearly seven years, and led to the sequel “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” which debuted in 2016. 

Prior to NBC, Greenblatt was President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks, Inc., where he supervised a slate of original programming that dramatically altered the Showtime brand and re-positioned the company as a leader in premium cable television. Over his seven-year tenure, the audience subscription base increased 52% – to a then-record high of 19 million subscribers in 2010 – and profitability more than doubled.

At Showtime, he was responsible for such hits as "Weeds," "Dexter," "Shameless," "The Borgias," "Episodes," "Nurse Jackie," "The Tudors," "Californication," "United States of Tara," "The Big C," and “This American Life," among others.

Prior to Showtime, Greenblatt was an award-winning producer of over a dozen series on various networks. The highlight of those was "Six Feet Under," for which he was awarded the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. It also garnered dozens of Emmy nominations, including four for Outstanding Drama Series, and it won the 2003 Producers Guild Award, three GLAAD Media Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. He also produced two Emmy-nominated miniseries: "Elvis" for CBS (starring Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Gregory Nava's "American Family" for PBS.

Greenblatt began his television career at the Fox Broadcasting Company where he ran primetime programming  from 1992-97 and developed such memorable shows as "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place," "The X-Files," "Party of Five," "Ally McBeal" and "King of the Hill," in addition to the pilots for "The Sopranos" and "Dawson's Creek."

In 2011, he received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD, in 2016 Greenblatt was presented with The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, in 2018 he was inducted into the Broadcast and Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2019 he received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.