The Ben and Barry Show 3.0

July 27, 2009: 3:39 PM ET

The departure of outsized NBC chief Ben Silverman is the third time that the producer will team up with IAC's Diller.

By Richard Siklos, Editor at large

Silverman says Diller stirs the pot

Silverman, shown at Fortune Brainstorm Tech, days before leaving NBC. Photo: Robin Twomey

Ben Silverman's  departure from NBC this morning comes as no huge surprise: he was an out-of-the-box choice to head programming at major broadcast network and his two-year-plus tenure was marked by lots of attention on Silverman's outsized persona but little yet in terms of new prime time hits for the long-struggling Peacock Network. (For more on Silverman see our story, The Player.)

It also makes perfect sense that Silverman's exit  involves the creation of a new and as yet unnamed production company in partnership with IAC Interactive Corp., (IACI) the Internet company led by mogul Barry Diller. This will actually be the third time that Silverman and Diller have teamed up to produce ventures aimed at melding conventional TV advertising, programming and Web—and both other times yielded the men handsome returns.

"Barry stirs the pot and he sees the future," Silverman said in an interview today.  More

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