Alcon TV Taps NBC Drama Vet as President

Laura Lancaster is filling a position formerly held by Sharon Hall.

Alcon TV Group has found its next president.

Laura Lancaster, a former executive vp drama at NBC, has been tapped to oversee the small-screen division of Alcon Entertainment. In her new role, she'll continue to develop original fare for both broadcast and cable and will report to co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. The news comes some six months after former chief Sharon Hall announced her departure.

“Laura is a true talent," Johnson and Kosove said Tuesday in a joint statement announcing the news. "Her impressive track record of profitable and creative shows speaks for itself, and we are excited for her to bring her vast expertise at Alcon.”

Added Lancaster: "I’ve been a fan of Alcon’s for many years, and have watched how Andrew and Broderick have created an extensive and diverse library of feature films with great admiration. I feel fortunate to join the Television Group at such a remarkably productive & successful time.”

Just days earlier, Syfy announced it was renewing Alcon's space thriller The Expanse for a second season. The group also financed and produced Alex Gibney’s Emmy-nominated miniseries documentary Frank Sinatra: All or Nothing for HBO. The company's film division has a long-term output agreement with Warner Bros. to distributes its films, including the Christmas Day release Point Break.  

Lancaster brings with her studio (Universal TV) and network (NBC, Fox) experience, having been involved in the development of such series as Hannibal, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood