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NBC News Centralizes Guest Bookings

NBCPeacockNBC News president Deborah Turness has named Matt Zimmerman VP of booking. Zimmerman will head up a new consolidated booking unit, reporting to Turness. Zimmerman has been the senior booking producer at “Today” for the last five years, where he will continue to devote much of his time.

“[G]iven that we live in an increasingly competitive environment, it is crucial that we leverage our scale and mount a highly coordinated effort to get the big prizes,” writes Turness in a note to staff.

Additionally, Aretha Marshall, a 16-year NBC News veteran who has worked at “Dateline” as well as for Peacock Productions will become senior EP of Special Projects, reporting to Alex Wallace. Marshall will work with the new booking unit on big newsmaker and personality bookings for “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

Turness’s note on the changes, after the jump…

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Marc Victor Leaving ‘Today’ Show, Will Oversee New Production Unit

Marc Victor who has been the “Today” show’s lead booker and senior producer of the third hour, is leaving the show after seven years.

Victor will oversee the newly-named TOMORROW productions, which is a division of Peacock Productions. NBC says the unit will focus on the “Today” show’s content and talent, developing new programming for broadcast, cable and syndication. Victor has overseen the development of the “Money 911,” “Steals & Deals” and “The Professionals” segments for the 9am hour.

Insiders tell us there had been outside interest for Victor’s services, including from ABC News. This new development deal keeps him at NBC for some time.

Before joining “Today” in 2005, Victor worked on several talk shows including “Maury,” “Jenny Jones” and “Gordon Elliott.”

Matt Zimmerman will now oversee the booking department at “Today,” while 8am senior producer Debbie Kosofsky will add oversight of the third hour. An insider tells TVNewser the show will be looking to ramp up the booking department in the coming months.

It’s not known if Victor will also be leaving the “Today” summer softball team. If he does, they’ll be losing an ace pitcher.