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Universal Cable Productions Promotes Development Execs Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson

Kate Fenske and Elise Henderson have been promoted to Senior Vice President positions for Universal Cable Productions, Variety has learned. Both report to Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

“Kate and Elise have strong relationships within the creative community, amazing intuition and phenomenal development skills,” said Olmstead in a statement. “They’ve been instrumental to UCP’s growth over these past few years and we look forward to their involvement as we continue expand our creative slate.”

Fenske led the development of Syfy’s hit drama “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s New York Times best-selling novels for the studio, as well as USA’s sci-fi thriller “Colony” – a co-production with Legendary, created by executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal. Her current projects include USA’s “Falling Water” from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Blake Masters and the late Henry Bromell; Syfy’s anthology series “Channel Zero” from executive producers Nick Antosca and Max Landis; and Bravo’s scripted series “My So Called Wife” from executive producers Adam Brooks and Paul Adelstein.

Henderson helped develop USA’s critically-acclaimed “Mr. Robot,” and is currently overseeing E! drama “The Arrangement” from executive producer Jonathan Abrahams, and Syfy’s “Incorporated,” a UCP co-production with CBS Television from Pearl Street Films executive produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd.

Fenske previously served as the Head of Marketing for BBC One and Drama, overseeing all promotions for their biggest series. She was later named Head of Development at Grady Twins Productions under Marti Noxon and Dawn Olmstead, where she helped develop and produce Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.”

Henderson began her career at William Morris Agency and later worked at United Talent Agency, where she represented writers, directors and producers. After that, she oversaw television development at Nicholas Sparks Productions as part of its initial first-look production deal with Warner Horizon Studios.

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