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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 […]

Vin Diesel hires Fox exec for new TV prodco

Action star Vin Diesel has signed a first-look producing agreement with Universal Television for a new production venture, which a Fox event series veteran will oversee. Diesel, best known for producing and starring movies from the Fast franchise, has created One Race Television and hired Shana C. Waterman as head of television to run it. […]

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 and Keshet strike programming pact

NBC Entertainment and Keshet Studios have inked a first-look programming deal. The agreement includes a coproduction pact between Universal Television, the TV production arm of NBC, and Keshet Studios, the recently established LA subsidiary of Israeli broadcaster Keshet. “Keshet International’s proven track record of producing quality programmess across different genres makes them a perfect partner […]

Ex-Fox chief scores overall deal with NBC

Former Fox chief Peter Chernin has secured an overall TV production deal with NBCUniversal. Under terms of the pact, Chernin Television will develop and produce programming for NBC with the Comcast Communications-owned studio’s writing pool. The deal means Chernin will produce exclusively for NBC in the broadcast space, but excludes cable and other platforms, which […]

Universal TV gets new president

NBC Entertainment has promoted Bela Bajaria to president of production unit Universal Television, and named a new executive VP of comedy programming. Bajaria was previously EVP, but has been upped after joining NBC in 2011 to rebuild the Peacock’s network studio operation. “Bela has done an incredible job of starting a studio from scratch three […]

Eva Longoria, Dolly Parton score NBC deals

Actress Eva Longoria and country singer Dolly Parton have secured new projects at US broadcast network NBC. Desperate Housewives star Longoria has had her latest comedy, Telenovela, given the greenlight for a 13-episode run, and signed a wider production pact. Single-came series Telenovela will follow the backstage madness of a Spanish-language telenovela, starring Longoria as […]

Laura gets full season run on NBC

NBC has made Debra Messing vehicle The Mysteries of Laura its first new season drama to get a full season order. The Wednesday 8pm procedural, which stars Messing (Will and Grace) as a NYPD homicide detective balancing work and a difficult home life, will go to a full 22 episodes. This comes after CBS gave […]

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, […]

NBC confirms Heroes return

US broadcaster NBC has confirmed it is bringing back sci-fi drama Heroes four years after it dropped Tim Kring’s show. Heroes Reborn will premiere in 2015 and be preceded by a digital series that will introduce new characters and storylines, though details of this are being kept under wraps for now. Heroes creator and executive […]