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NBC Taps Pearlena Igbokwe to Head Global TV Business

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NBC Universal, the television and entertainment giant, has announced the promotion of Pearlena Igbokwe to the role of chairman of the Universal Studio Group.

Ms Igbokwe will now lead the company’s growing global television studio business including Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBC Universal International Studios. She will report directly to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBC Universal.

Ms Igbokwe had been the immediate past President of Universal Television, where she oversaw all aspects of the studio business and achieved record volume for the legacy studio. Some of the programs under Igbokwe’s purview include the critically acclaimed comedies “Russian Doll,” “The Good Place,” “Superstore,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Little America,” popular dramas “Good Girls” and “New Amsterdam,” and Dick Wolf’s new “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” among numerous others.
Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President, Drama Programming, for NBC Entertainment, where she developed the top-rated new broadcast dramas three out of her four years in the position. Before joining NBCUniversal, Igbokwe worked at Showtime for 20 years, where she was involved in developing a variety of hit series including “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie.”

Igbokwe currently serves as the Vice President of the Hollywood Radio and TV Society (HRTS) board and is a member of the Television Academy Executive Committee.

The Universal Studio Group is comprised of Universal Television, UCP and NBC Universal International Studios. The three studios collectively produce over 2500 hours of programming currently airing or streaming around the globe, own one of the largest libraries in the world with over 120,000 episodes of television, and house some of today’s most ambitious storytellers, including Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Michael Schur, Sam Esmail, Seth MacFarlane, Amy Poehler, Dick Wolf, Lorne Michaels, Debra Martin Chase, Martin Gero, Gareth Neame, Larry Wilmore, Alan Yang, Nahnatchka Khan, Sera Gamble, Tanya Saracho, Tony Ayres, David Heyman, Julie Plec, Carol Mendelsohn and Nick Antosca, among others.

NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information for a global audience.

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