Universal Television will be extending the holiday hiatus on six productions amid a COVID-19 spike which include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Good Girls, the company announced on Thursday. Other affected series include Hacks, Never Have I Ever, Mr. Mayor and Kenan. Production is expected to resume Jan. 11. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will start back on Jan. 18.
A year after Russell Rothberg exited his position as EVP drama at the studio to run AwesomenessTV, UTV has promoted Erin Underhill to the role and enlisted longtime Original Film partner Vivian Cannon as SVP drama.
Russell Rothberg, who helped develop Chicago Fire for NBC and Bates Motel for A&E, is departing his post as executive vice president of drama development for Universal Television. Rothberg’s contract was set to expire in March, 2017.
NBCUniversal has finalized a deal with Pearlena Igbokwe to become president of Universal Television, effective immediately. Igbokwe, most recently head of drama for NBC, replaces Bela Bajaria, who abruptly exited the post earlier this week. In her new role, Igbokwe will continue to report to Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, who oversees the studio.
Bela Bajaria is leaving her post as president of Universal Television. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Variety that Pearlena Igbokwe, NBC Entertainment’s EVP of drama development, is set to succeed Bajaria as the head of the studio.
After five years at 20th Century Fox TV, Peter Chernin’s TV operation is moving to NBCUniversal with a new two-year overall deal. The deal will allow Chernin Television to develop and produce projects with NBCU’s Universal Television, along with the option of producing independently for cable and other streaming platforms.
Universal Media Studios goes back to the future as Universal Television, which will be headed by Bela Bajaria. Also on board are Russell Rothberg, Erin Underhill, Tracey Pakosta and Beth Klein.