NBC Taps Lionsgate Alum as Senior VP Drama Development

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Cara Dellaverson will report to Pearlena Igbokwe, executive vp drama development.

NBC is adding a new voice to its drama department.

Lionsgate alum Cara Dellaverson has joined the network as senior vp drama development, the network announced Thursday.

Dellaversion most recently was senior vp television development and current programming at Lionsgate, where she oversaw the launch of ABC’s Nashville as well as Jenji Kohan’s critical-darling Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black. In 2012, she was featured on THR's Next Gen list.

"We are excited that Cara will be contributing her amazing talent for developing compelling drama to NBC,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “Cara’s knack for finding fresh and unique stories that resonate with audiences is evident through her success with series such as Nashville and Orange Is the New Black, and we are thrilled that she will be bringing that passion to NBC.”

The hire marks a reunion for Dellaverson and NBC exec vp drama development Pearlena Igbokwe, to whom she will report. It comes amid other department shifts at the network and sibling studio.

"I had the pleasure of working with Cara on [Lionsgate's] Nurse Jackie while I was at Showtime, and so I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to the NBC team,” Igbokwe said. “She has shown that she has a keen ability to develop smart, prestigious projects that have enjoyed critical and commercial success, which is the future of drama development at NBC.”

During her tenure at Lionsgate, Dellaverson's credits included Mad Men as well as Nurse Jackie, both of which recently concluded their runs. She started her career at ICM before a brief run in unscripted where she produced Date My Mom and Next.