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Laura Lancaster out at NBC

Exec oversaw drama series since 2009

Laura Lancaster is stepping down from the top drama job at NBC, the network confirmed late Monday.

She was executive VP of current drama programming, overseeing the Peacock’s efforts in the genre since 2009.

The network declined to elaborate on the circumstances of her departure but a spokesman indicated a replacement has yet to be made.

Lancaster was a holdover from the previous regime at NBC who managed to stay in place once Robert Greenblatt was installed as chairman of the network’s entertainment division, which led to multiple departures including her counterpart on the comedy side, Jeff Ingold. Greenblatt ended up restructuring NBC Entertainment that removed her oversight of drama programming at the studio, which was given to Russell Rothberg.

This was Lancaster’s second tour of duty at the Peacock. She was VP of drama development at NBC Universal TV Studio, where her credits included “Heroes” and “Friday Night Lights,” before decamping for Fox in 2007 as senior VP of drama development. She returned to NBC two years later to oversee drama development.

NBC is coming off a rough 2011-12 season with no shortage of drama flops, but the network did manage to nurture hourlong rookies “Smash” and “Grimm” to second seasons.

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