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O’Connell Joins NBC New York Development as SVP

Jul 13, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC has named Katie O’Connell senior VP of New York development for the network, a newly formed position in which she will move to New York to head the network’s East Coast-based creative office as part of the NBC development re-structure revealed last spring. The announcement was made Wednesday by Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment.

Ms. O’Connell joins NBC from Imagine Television, where she was executive VP of development and current programming. She will report to Ghen Maynard, executive VP of prime-time development for NBC Entertainment.

In addition, Ms. O’Connell will focus on NBC’s relationships with Lorne Michaels and “Saturday Night Live” and Conan O’Brien with “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” Mr. Michaels and Mr. O’Brien have production companies and are developing series for prime time.

Ms. O’Connell will oversee some current programs based in New York and comedy and drama development that is borne out of the local New York acting and writing talent pool.

During her five-year term at Imagine, Ms. O’Connell developed both comedy and drama projects, including Fox’s comedy “Arrested Development.” While at Imagine, she supervised the series “24,” “Arrested Development,” “Quintuplets,” “The Inside” and the final season of “The PJs.”

Before Imagine Ms. O’Connell was director of comedy development at CBS.