Russell Rothberg is departing his post as executive vice president of drama development for Universal Television, Variety has confirmed.
Rothberg’s contract was set to expire in March, 2017. Earlier this year, the executive had expressed a desire to leave the studio at his deal’s end. The timeline for his exit was expedited under amicable terms after the departure last month of Bela Bajaria from her role as president of the studio. NBC Entertainment drama head Pearlena Igbokwe was tapped as Bajaria’s successor shortly thereafter.
During his time at UTV, Rothberg helped develop “Bates Motel” for A&E, and “Chicago Fire” and “Shades of Blue” for NBC. More recently, he developed upcoming freshmen drama series “Emerald City” and “Midnight, Texas” for NBC in addition to the Jason Katims-produced drama series “Pure Genius” for CBS. Rothberg joined the studio in 2011, and previously was senior vice president of drama programming for NBC and UTV’s predecessor, Universal Media Studios.
Prior to his time at NBC, Rothberg served as vice president of current programming at Fox.
No successor for Rothberg has yet been named.