Following a stint as a writer on Universal TV’s upcoming NBC drama series Reverie, Erika Green Swafford has been signed by the studio in a two-year overall deal. Under the pact — Green Swafford’s first overall agreement — she will be developing new projects for Universal TV.
“Erika is the kind of writer we all dream of working with,” Universal TV President Pearlena Igbokwe said. “She’s smart, hugely talented and a pleasure to collaborate with.”
Green Swafford, who has an MBA. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, started her career as a script coordinator at Oxygen, where she was on an executive career track until she switched to writing. She previously had taken writing courses at Georgetown University and also took classes in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television while at Anderson.
Training at Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop and the WGA Writer Access Project led to Green Swafford’s first writing job on CBS/WBTV’s drama series The Mentalist, where she spent six seasons, rising from staff writer to producer. She then joined ABC’s Viola Davis thriller drama How to Get Away with Murder after the pilot. Her work on the show, which she left in 2016, earned her a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
Green Swafford, who also has done comedy improv onstage, is repped by WME, Sheree Guitar Entertainment and Hansen Jacobsen. Reverie premieres May 30 on NBC.