Expanse prodco Alcon gets new TV chief

The ExpanseAlcon Television has got a new president, hot off the heels of the second season order for its Syfy drama The Expanse.

Laura Lancaster has joined, having previously been executive VP, drama programming at NBC Entertainment.

She will report to Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon TV’s parent firm, Alcon Entertainment.

At NBC, Lancaster worked on series such as Revolution, Parenthood and Grimm. She oversaw development for both the network and production sister Universal Television.

Before that, she was senior VP, drama development at Fox Broadcasting, where she worked on shows including Glee and Fringe, and had a previous spell as SVP, drama development at Universal TV.

In December, NBCUniversal-owned cable channel Syfy recommissioned space opera The Expanse, which is based on a novel series from James S.A. Corey, the pen name of writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Alcon is the 19-year-old studio behind feature films such as Dude, Where’s My Car? and The Book of Eli.