Vivian Cannon to Run Drama for Universal TV

Vivian Cannon - NBCUniversal
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Universal Television continues to promote from within.

A month after being promoted to president of the NBCUniversal-backed studio, Erin Underhill has upped Vivian Cannon from senior vp to exec vp drama.

Cannon joined UTV in 2017 after segueing from producing as a partner at Original Film. She will now be charged with overseeing the drama department for the studio. She takes over the post that Underhill occupied before she was promoted last month to president of the studio. Underhill replaced former UTV president Pearlena Igbokwe, who was elevated in September to overseeing all of NBCUniversal's studio operations.

Cannon's credits at the studio include NBC's New Amsterdam (which was recently renewed for three additional seasons) and CBS' upcoming reboot of The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah. As a producer, her credits include Showtime's The Big C and AMC's Preacher, among others.

Underhill announced Cannon's promotion in a memo to staff Thursday. Read it in full, below.

I am thrilled to announce that Vivian Cannon has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Drama Development, at Universal Television.

Anyone who’s had the pleasure of working with Vivian knows how sharp, passionate and tenacious she is. She brings a wealth of talent relationships from her producing days, and a love for all forms of storytelling - especially podcasts!  She is a strategic thinker, a creative packager, and a tireless champion for diverse voices. Vivian’s innate drive and leadership skills will help UTV continue to expand its drama reach in this competitive and ever-evolving TV landscape.

In Vivian’s recent tenure as Senior Vice President in UTV’s drama department, she has been a driving force on projects including NBC’s hit series “New Amsterdam” (recently renewed for three seasons) and the upcoming CBS drama “The Equalizer” (premiering after the Super Bowl).  Earlier, as a TV producer, she produced pilots and series for HBO, Showtime, NBC, ABC and FX, among others. She was executive producer on the AMC drama “Preacher” and developed and produced the pilot. She also executive-produced Showtime’s “The Big C,” which won an AFI Award and was Golden Globe nominated.

Please join me in congratulating Vivian on this much-deserved promotion!