Weeks after Vernon Sanders stepped down as head of current programming at NBC, the network has found his replacement.
Twenty-year network veteran Bruce Evans has been promoted to serve as executive vp current, filling the void created by Sanders, who is segueing to a producing deal with corporate sibling Universal Television.
Evans, who most recently was senior vp current and daytime programming, will work with Sanders over the next few months to ensure a seamless transition. Evans will report to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.
“There was never a moment that I didn’t see Bruce as the natural successor as head of our current business,” Salke said Thursday in a statement. “His remarkable skill set shines through in managing many of our biggest shows and I’m thrilled we’ll be able to work even more closely together moving forward.”
Evans was responsible for overseeing series including The Blacklist, Blindspot and Days of Our Lives. He previously served as director of primetime series after starting at the network in 1995. In 2007, he was upped to senior vp. During his tenure at NBC, he has worked on dramas including Heroes, Grimm, Medium, Crossing Jordan and the entire Law & Order franchise.