Lancaster protagonist in Fox drama

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Laura Lancaster, who recently left her post as drama chief at NBC Universal Television Studio, has closed a deal to join Fox Broadcasting Co. as senior vp drama development and head of the network's drama department.

Lancaster succeeds Ted Gold, who resigned last month (HR 5/30).

Lancaster has strong ties with Fox, having been the development executive on the network's hit drama "House" at Universal Network TV.

"Laura has an impressive track record as a scripted series development executive," said Fox's executive vp programming Craig Erwich, to whom Lancaster will report. "As she helped to nurture our hit series 'House,' she formed excellent relationships with several key members of our staff, and we welcome the chance to work with her as one of our own. Laura's bright, fun and has great taste."

Under Lancaster's watch at NBC Uni TV, where she most recently served as senior vp drama and cable programming, the studio developed such series as the critically acclaimed "Friday Night Lights," freshman hit "Heroes," "Psych" and "Eureka."

Lancaster had been at NBC Uni TV Studio (now Universal Media Studios) since its inception following the merger of NBC and Universal in 2004. She joined as a vp and was named senior vp drama in January 2006.

Before that, Lancaster spent five years at Universal TV, rising through the ranks to drama co-chief alongside Elisa Roth, who recently succeeded her as head of drama at Universal Media Studios (HR 6/12).
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