EVP Aissa Departs NBCUniversal’s Unscripted TV Arm


Rod Aissa, who served as EVP of Entertainment Unscripted Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, is leaving the company after 11 years. Aissa announced his departure in a memo to his staff on Friday, Deadline reported.

During his tenure, Aissa had oversight of unscripted lifestyle and documentary programming across various NBCUniversal platforms, including NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen True Crime, SyFy, Universal Kids, USA Network, and Peacock.

SVP of Development, Entertainment Content Rachel Smith will temporarily assume Aissa’s responsibilities, leading the unscripted lifestyle and docuseries group, while working alongside EVP of Entertainment Unscripted Content Corie Henson, who oversees competition and game shows.

Aissa had previously held the position of EVP of Original Programming for Oxygen and E! Production, where he managed the development and production of original true-crime programming for Oxygen and guided E!’s production slate. Before his time at Oxygen, Aissa was part of the launch team at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, overseeing programming and development.

He also served as EVP of TV at Katalyst Films, Ashton Kutcher’s production company, where he developed cable and broadcast properties. Earlier in his career, Aissa held the position of EVP of Series and Talent Development for MTV/MTV Films.