UMS beams up Sci Fi's O'Brien


Nora O'Brien has been named vp drama programming at Universal Media Studios. She joins NBC Universal's TV studio from sibling Sci Fi Channel.

At UMS, O'Brien will serve as a development and current executive on drama series projects, including Tom Fontana's "The Philanthropist," which has a 13-episode order from NBC, and the network's freshman series "Bionic Woman." She will report to UMS' senior vp drama Elisa Roth.

"(Nora) knows how to think out of the box, has terrific relationships in the creative community and is a hard worker who has already become a valuable asset to our studio," Roth said.

O'Brien most recently served as vp original programming at Sci Fi. During her four years there, she developed series and longform projects including the miniseries "The Lost Room" and was the current executive on "Stargate" and "Stargate Atlantis."

Before that, O'Brien worked for five years as vp television for Trilogy Entertainment Group.