Controversial media executive who produced the Today show during some of its highest-rated years. He later became president of CNN Worldwide.
He attended Harvard University, where he was president during his senior year of the school newspaper The Harvard Crimson.
He became president of NBC Entertainment in 2000, where he pioneered the concept of supersizing programming so that shows would run beyond the traditional 30 minutes.
He married Caryn Stephanie Nathanson, a supervisor for Saturday Night Live, in 1996, with whom he would father four children.
He was roommates with Conan O'Brien at Harvard, where Conan was in charge of The Harvard Lampoon. The two initiated a prank rivalry between the Crimson and the Lampoon that would become a Harvard tradition.