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20th Century Fox Exec Lisa Katz Lands Top Drama Spot at NBC

Following Pearlena Igbokwe’s NBC departure and promotion to Universal Television’s president, Lisa Katz has been named executive vice president of drama development at NBC, Variety has learned.

Katz comes from 20th Century Fox TV where she has worked for 12 years, most recently serving as senior vice president of drama development. Her position at NBC begins on July 11.

In her new post, Katz will be responsible for overseeing all drama development. She will also work on the initial order of NBC’s new bunch of drama pilot pickups, including “This Is Us,” “Timeless,” “Chicago Justice,” “Midnight, Texas,” “Taken” and “The Blacklist: Redemption.”

“Lisa brings to NBC an incredible instinct for creative content as well as the strong collaborative relationships with talent that help create hits” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, to whom Katz will report. “I hired her 12 years ago at 20th and am thrilled she chose NBC as her next professional home. I know that she will make a fantastic addition to our programming team.”

At 20th Century Fox, Katz developed mega-hit “Empire,” plus Fox’s upcoming 2016-17 series “Star,” also from Lee Daniels, “APB,” “Pitch” and “This Is Us” for NBC. She has overseen more than 40 pilots, 28 of which have gone to series, during her time at the studio. Her first year at 20th was a hit with Katz developing “Bones,” which returns with season 12 this fall.

Prior to 20th, Katz was at Brillstein-Grey for seven years where she worked on both comedy and drama development, working on shows including “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”

Katz steps in for Igbokwe, who became the president of Universal TV, after the shocking departure of well-liked exec Bela Bajaria, who’s next move is buzzing around the industry.

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