Robert Greenblatt
Born1959/1960 (age 59-60)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois
Boylan Catholic High School[2]
OccupationTelevision executive
Notable work9 to 5
TelevisionThe Voice
Chicago Fire
AwardsNorman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television Drama

Robert Greenblatt (born 1959/1960) is an American television executive, former Chairman of NBC Entertainment[3][4][5] and former Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment. He has since launched his production company, The Green Room [6]

Early life and education

Greenblatt was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, USA.[1] He was raised Catholic and attended Boylan Catholic High School.[7][2] He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre management from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin's Madison School of Business. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts from the USC School of Cinema-Television's Peter Stark Producing Program.[4]


Greenblatt began his television career at the Fox Broadcasting Company, where he ran prime-time programming and developed such shows as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, The X-Files, and Party of Five.[3][4]

From 1997 to 2003, Greenblatt was a producer (along with David Janollari through their production company, The Greenblatt Janollari Studio) of over a dozen series for various networks, including Six Feet Under, along with the 2005 miniseries Elvis and Gregory Nava's American Family for PBS.[3][4]

From 2003 to 2010, Greenblatt was President of Entertainment for Showtime.[8] He supervised a slate of original programming that dramatically repositioned the pay channel as a leader in the premium cable business. Under his leadership, he developed and supervised award-winning shows like Weeds, Dexter, Californication, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, and United States of Tara.[3][4]

As a theatrical producer, Greenblatt developed the musical stage adaptation of 9 to 5, which premiered on Broadway in April 2009 and closed September 2009, with the National Tour starting in September 2010. It was nominated for four Tony Awards.[3][4]

Greenblatt was the chairman of NBC Entertainment. He succeeded Jeff Gaspin in January 2011 after Comcast took control of the newly renamed NBCUniversal.[3][9]

On March 4, 2019, Greenblatt was named as the chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment as part of AT&T's reorganization of WarnerMedia. He oversaw HBO, Cinemax, TBS, TNT and TruTV.[10] He was responsible for helping oversee the development of HBO Max, the company's streaming service which launched in May 2020.[11] He was fired from WarnerMedia in August 2020 amid restructuring.[12][13] More recently, he launched his own production company with a deal at Lionsgate.[14]


In August 2016, Greenblatt labeled then presidential candidate Donald Trump as "toxic" and "demented".[15]

Personal life

Greenblatt is the first and only openly gay broadcast TV president.[16]


  1. ^ a b Stoeffel, Kat (22 March 2011). "Bob Greenblatt's Season of Fiats at NBC". New York Observer. Archived from the original on 25 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b Baum, Geraldine (30 April 2009). "TV Exec Turns Back the Clock to Stage '9 to 5'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Greenblatt, Chairman NBC Entertainment". NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal, Inc. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Showtime Executive Biography: Robert Greenblatt". Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  5. ^ Schechner, Sam (13 July 2011). "NBC Names Jennifer Salke New Entertainment President". Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ "Comcast/NBC fired and insulted Trump and now faces a grudge-holding president". Variety. August 17, 2021.
  7. ^ "NBC's Greenblatt rebuilds network long in disarray". WWSB. Archived from the original on October 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2013. Greenblatt boils down his background this way: a gay, Catholic kid with a Jewish last name who grew up in rural Rockford, Ill.
  8. ^ Stelter, Brian (25 June 2010). "Showtime's President Is Said to Be Stepping Down". New York Times.
  9. ^ Carter, Bill (21 November 2010). "Comcast's Plans for Executives Offer Clues to Future of NBC". New York Times.
  10. ^ Flint, Joe (4 March 2019). "AT&T considers combining HBO, Turner units, adding Robert Greenblatt". MarketWatch.
  11. ^ Frank Pallotta (27 May 2020). "HBO Max chief on launching the new service during a pandemic". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  12. ^ "Bob Greenblatt, Kevin Reilly Out Amid Major WarnerMedia Restructuring | Hollywood Reporter". 7 August 2020. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  13. ^ Smith, Ben (2020-08-16). "The Week Old Hollywood Finally, Actually Died". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  14. ^ Baysinger, Tim (2021-08-17). "Bob Greenblatt Launches Production Company, Sets First-Look Deal With Lionsgate". TheWrap. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  15. ^ "Comcast/NBC fired and insulted Trump and now faces a grudge-holding president". The Philadelphia Inquirer. January 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Jensen, Michael (7 April 2011). "Interview: Robert Greenblatt Says His Being First Gay Broadcast TV President is No Big Deal. We Beg to Differ!".
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Preceded byJeff Gaspin Chairman of NBC Entertainment 2011–2018 Succeeded byGeorge Cheeks and Paul Telegdy