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NBC Current-Programming Head Vernon Sanders Departs Network

Vernon Sanders has stepped down as head of current programming at NBC. He has signed a production deal with the network’s sibling studio Universal Television. There he will serve as a producer on the upcoming revival of anthology series “Amazing Stories,” working with studio president Pearlena Igbokwe.

“This was a not an easy decision, and the next chapter is truly bittersweet. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have worked at NBC during this amazing renaissance,” Sanders said. “[NBC Entertainment chairman] Bob Greenblatt and [president] Jennifer Salke have been incredible leaders, friends and mentors. One of the most alluring aspects of this new venture is the opportunity to partner with the visionary creators at Universal Television. I look forward to crafting compelling, diverse and big-tent television beside Jen, Pearlena and the rest of the NBCU team.”

“Amazing Stories,” Sanders’ first project as a producer, is a co-production of Universal TV and Amblin Television. Apple last month announced that it had given a straight-to-series order for the project, making it one of the first new shows to emerge in the tech giant’s venture into series programming.

Sanders most recently served as exec VP of current programming at NBC, reporting to Salke. He had previously served as senior VP of drama for the network and Universal TV, then as exec VP of comedy. He is represented by Bob Myman of Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP.

“Vernon has been instrumental to the success of NBC these past few years and I personally wanted to make it my mission to help him achieve his aspirations of becoming a producer, while also finding a way to keep him as part of the family,” Salke said. “He is a trusted and invaluable creative partner to so many and I know we all feel remarkably fortunate to be able to continue to work very closely with him.”

Igbokwe added, “After working with Vernon for four years as a colleague at NBC, I know what an incredible asset he is and how much value he will bring to the studio as a producer. I’m thrilled that I still get to be a part of this new phase in Vernon’s career.”

Deadline first reported news of Sanders’ departure.

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