JoAnn Alfano to Run Current Programming at Universal TV

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With NBCUniversal International Studios since 2013, Alfano replaces recently departed Chris Sanagustin as head of current.

JoAnn Alfano is switching things up at Universal, moving over from NBCUniversal International Studios to Universal Television, where she will now serve as executive vp current series and new business development.

The move sees Alfano replacing current head Chris Sanagustin, a recent exit, and adding business development duties. She will continue to liaise with International when appropriate.

“Having someone of JoAnn’s stature join Universal Television is a real coup for us,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, Universal TV president, to whom Alfano will report. “I can’t think of anyone more capable or knowledgeable to entrust our beloved series to, and we get the added benefit of her international marketplace expertise.”

Alfano has served as executive vp scripted programming at NBCUniversal International Studios since 2013. She was charged with overseeing the expansion of the global scripted business, supervising the development and production of programming across the NBCUniversal International Television portfolio of companies.

Before joining NBCUniversal International Studios, Alfano was president of television at Brillstein Entertainment Partners and also served as head of programming for Lifetime.

Alfano also has a long history with NBC, running both drama and comedy development at the network and holding a top post at then-named NBC Studios. She has worked on Will & Grace, Homicide, Scrubs and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and won an Emmy while serving as executive producer of 30 Rock.