Respected drama development executive Lisa Katz is joining NBC as EVP, Drama Development. She takes the reins of NBC’s drama development department from Pearlena Igbokwe, who was recently promoted to President of Universal Television Studios.
Katz comes from 20th Century Fox TV where she most recently served as SVP, Drama Development. Katz, along with 20th TV SVP comedy development Dana Honor, are leaving the studio at the end of their current contracts in July after making the decision not to renew their deals several months ago.
Katz will start at NBC on July 11. She will report to Jennifer Salke, reuniting with the NBC Entertainment president after previously working together at 20th TV.
“Lisa brings to NBC an incredible instinct for creative content as well as the strong collaborative relationships with talent that help create hits” said Salke, President. “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.”
Katz has spent the last 12 years of her career in development at 20th TV, where she has overseen more than 40 pilots, 28 of which have gone to series.
Katz, who developed Fox’s long-running drama Bones in her first year as a development executive at the studio, helped develop mega hit Empire and Rosewood for Fox. She most recently developed Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy’s Star, APB (Len Wiseman and Matt Nix) and Dan Fogelman’s Pitch for Fox, as well as Fogelman’s This Is Us for NBC, which has generated a great amount of early buzz with a record-breaking 71 million trailer-views across social media. Other 20th TV series that Katz had worked on in the development stage include Sleepy Hollow, The Unit and Lie To Me.
Katz joined 20th TV after a seven year stint at Brillstein Grey where she worked on both comedy and drama series including iconic hit The Sopranos, Just Shoot Me, and The Steve Harvey Show.
In addition to overseeing the drama development pipeline, Katz will be working on the initial order of NBC’s newly picked up drama series, including fall shows This Is Us and Timeless, as well as midseason dramas Chicago Justice; Midnight, Texas; Taken; and The Blacklist: Redemption.