20th TV Vet Lisa Katz Tapped as NBC Drama Chief

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Lisa Katz

She'll assume the position formerly held by Pearlena Igbokwe, who was named president of Universal Television in early June.

The game of TV studio musical chairs continues with 20th TV vet Lisa Katz assuming the top drama development role at NBC.

The announcement comes just two weeks after news broke that the Universal TV chief, Bela Bajaria, was out as head of the network's sister studio. Not long after, NBC's drama head, Pearlena Igbokwe, was named as Bajaria's successor. For Katz, a highly regarded exec who announced in March that she'd be leaving 20th Century Fox TV, this marks a reunion with NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke, for whom she used to work at 20th. She is expected to begin July 11 and again report to Salke.

"Lisa brings to NBC an incredible instinct for creative content as well as the strong collaborative relationships with talent that help create hits" said Salke in a statement, adding: "I hired her 12 years ago at 20th and am thrilled she chose NBC as her next professional home. I know that she will make a fantastic addition to our programming team."

Katz, whose formal title will be executive vp drama development, spent her years at 20th TV overseeing more than 40 pilots, 28 of which have gone to series. Among them are Empire; Lee Daniels' latest Fox entry, Star; Dan Fogleman's Pitch (for Fox); and This Is Us (for NBC). Katz began her career at Brillstein-Grey, where she worked for seven years on series that included The Sopranos and Just Shoot Me.

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