Pearlena Igbokwe

Drama development chief exits 20th TV

Brandon Brito is leaving Twentieth Century Fox Television ten months after being promoted to senior VP of drama development. Chloe Dan has been named SVP of development, reporting to executive VP Michael Thorn, and will replace Brito. Dan has been with Fox since 2014, and is credited with overseeing the creation of NBC drama This […]

Netflix hires ex-Universal TV exec as content VP

Netflix has appointed former Universal Television president Bela Bajaria as its vice-president of content. Bajaria will lead the team at Netflix responsible for licensing content from the major US studios, including her former employer NBCUniversal, and agreeing coproduction deals with the major US networks. She will also oversee a new team developing original unscripted programmes […]

Fox names drama, comedy chiefs

US-based Twentieth Century Fox Television has new drama and comedy development chiefs. Fox 21 Television Studios’ Brandon Brito and Alloy Entertainment’s Cheryl Dolins will take on the roles that Lisa Katz and Dana Honor previously held. Brito will be senior VP, drama development and Dolins SVP, comedy development. Both execs report to 20th Television’s executive […]

Universal TV drama EVP exits

Changes at Universal Television continue, with executive VP of drama development Russell Rothberg the latest to leave the US-based NBCUniversal prodco. Rothberg’s departure comes after that of Bela Bajaria, who exited as president earlier this year. Pearlena Ibgokwe, who was EVP of drama programming, stepped up to replace her. Rothberg is credited with developing A&E’s […]

NBC poaches Fox exec to fill drama post

US broadcaster NBC has poached 20th Century Fox Television’s Lisa Katz to fill the role Pearlena Igbokwe vacated when she was promoted to president of Universal Television. Katz will become NBC’s executive VP, drama development on July 11, and will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. She replaces Igbokwe, who recently took over at […]

NBC Entertainment gives bigger role to Cheeks

NBC Entertainment has promoted George Cheeks to president, business affairs and late night programming. Cheeks (pictured) has held an executive VP role since November 2014, and will remain reporting to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt in his expanded post. Cheeks oversees various elements of the NBC Entertainment business, including production operations for Universal Television and […]

Universal Television names president

Pearlena Igbokwe has taken the reins at Universal Television, NBC’s cable and broadcast production arm. Igbokwe moves across from NBC Entertainment where she was executive VP, drama programming, to take the chairman role at Universal Television. She replaces Bela Bajaria who left Universal last week after under a year in the job. Prior to NBC […]

Universal TV president exits

Bela Bajaria is leaving her post as president of NBC’s network and cable production arm, Universal Television. Bajaria has been in her current role for just under a year, having been promoted by NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. She had been drafted in as executive VP in 2011 from CBS Television Studios. At that time, […]

NBC poaches Lionsgate drama exec

US broadcast network NBC has poached Cara Dellaverson from Lionsgate Entertainment to become its senior VP, drama development. At Lionsgate, she was SVP, television development and currently programming, overseeing the launch of ABC’s Nashville and Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (pictured). At NBC, she will report to executive VP, drama development Pearlena Igbokwe. The […]

NBC consolidates scripted as Rabinowitz exits

US broadcaster NBC is creating a single unit to house its comedy and drama development divisions, and is saying goodbye to Tal Rabinowitz as a result. The Peacock is switching strategy back to a combined division – as it has had on numerous occasions in the past – under Pearlena Igbokwe and Vernon Sanders. Rabinowitz, […]