NBC, Fox trade drama execs

Terence Carter, Laura Lancaster swapping networks

There are more executive changes coming at Fox, which on Thursday saw entertainment chairman Peter Liguori being replaced by Fox Searchlight's Peter Rice.

NBC vp drama Terence Carter is expected to join Fox as co-head of the drama department, sharing oversight of the network's drama development with Fox vp drama Rachel Bendavid. Both are expected to report to exec vp Matt Cherniss.

They will replace Fox's head of drama, senior vp Laura Lancaster, who is expected to go to NBC to take over the vacant position of drama head, overseeing development and current for the network and sister studio UMS.

Carter has been running NBC's drama department following the December ouster of exec vp drama Katie O'Connell. He oversees drama development and current at the network and UMS, whose operations are being folded into the network.

Carter's contract at NBC is up, and with Lancaster primed for the top drama job, Carter opted to head to Fox.

Lancaster has been close with NBC/UMS' new scripted programming president Angela Bromstad, and when the top drama job at the newly merged network and studio was left vacant in the executive shake-up in December, there was speculation that Bromstad would lure her friend Lancaster back to NBC when her contract at Fox is up at the end of the season.

Lancaster headed drama at UMS under then-studio president Bromstad until Bromstad left for a London-based post as NBC Universal's international TV production chief in 2007. That's when Lancaster went to Fox.