NBC Head of Current Programming Vernon Sanders Steps Down

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There's a change behind the scenes at NBC.

Head of current programming Vernon Sanders is stepping down and seguing to producing, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Subsequently, Sanders has signed an overall deal with Universal TV and has come on board the studio's Amazing Stories anthology reboot for Apple.

“This was a not an easy decision, and the next chapter is truly bittersweet. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have worked at NBC during this amazing renaissance,” Sanders said Monday in a statement. “[NBC Entertainment chairman] Bob Greenblatt and [NBC Entertainment president] Jennifer Salke have been incredible leaders, friends and mentors. One of the most alluring aspects of this new venture is the opportunity to partner with the visionary creators at Universal Television. I look forward to crafting compelling, diverse and big-tent television beside Jen, [Universal TV president] Pearlena [Igbokwe] and the rest of the NBCU team.”

Sanders transitions to producing after a decade at NBC, where he has been head of current programming since 2015. He recently oversaw NBC scripted series including the Will & Grace revival, This Is Us, Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise and The Good Place. Sanders' other previous roles at the network include that of senior vp drama programming, for both the network and studio, overseeing series including Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, as well as exec vp comedy programming.

From 2007-08, Sanders served as senior vp comedy series for Universal Media Studios (now Universal TV), where he was responsible for supervising the creative outputs of the studio's half-hour entries like 30 Rock and The Office. Sanders also led the first year of the studio’s Director in Training program.

“Vernon has been instrumental to the success of NBC these past few years and I personally wanted to make it my mission to help him achieve his aspirations of becoming a producer, while also finding a way to keep him as part of the family," Salke said. "He is a trusted and invaluable creative partner to so many and I know we all feel remarkably fortunate to be able to continue to work very closely with him.”   

Added Igbokwe: “After working with Vernon for four years as a colleague at NBC, I know what an incredible asset he is and how much value he will bring to the studio as a producer. I’m thrilled that I still get to be a part of this new phase in Vernon’s career.”

Sanders is repped by attorney Bob Myman.