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Pearlena Igbokwe, Dan Erlij Among New HRTS Board Members
The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) has tapped four new board members to serve until 2019. Joining the entertainment networking group are UTA’s Dan Erlij, Universal Television’s Pearlena Igbokwe, Lionsgate’s Chris Selak and ICM Partners' Chris von Goetz.
“We are very pleased to announce this diverse group of new board members,” said FX Networks and FX Productions president of original programming Eric Schrier, who serves as the HRTS president alongside HRTS executive director Dave Ferrara. “Dan Erlij, Pearlena Igbokwe, Chris Selak and Chris von Goetz will add depth to a board that is rich with the industry’s visionary leaders.”
Erlij is a senior partner and longtime agent in the Television Literary Department at UTA, where he represents many television creators, showrunners and writer-producers. Prior to joining UTA, Erlij practiced law for several years as a litigator at the Herzfeld & Rubin law firm in New York City.
Igbokwe was named president of Universal Television in June 2016, which sees her responsible for the company’s creative programming. Some of the shows she currently oversees include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, along with Chicago Fire (and its spinoffs) and Shades of Blue. Her upcoming series include Will & Grace, The Brave and Rise. Prior to Universal, Igbokwe spent four years at NBC Entertainment, and before that she spent 20 years at Showtime.
As executive vp and head of worldwide scripted television at Lionsgate, Selak oversees creative development and programming for all scripted television projects at the studio. She is a key member of the Lionsgate Television Group management team, helping to curate the company’s prolific slate that includes Orange Is the New Black and Dear White People for Netflix, Nashville for CMT and Casual for Hulu. Before joining Lionsgate in 2011, Selak worked at John Wells Productions, where she oversaw programming for ER and The West Wing, and also helped develop Showtime’s Shameless.
For his part, von Goetz is a founding partner and senior television literary agent at ICM Partners, where he represents some of the industry’s top creators, showrunners, writers and producers and has packaged prestigious comedies and dramas, including several Emmy winners. Von Goetz also serves as a board member at ICM Partners.