NBC has landed a veteran executive who was behind the development of the Fox hit “Empire” as the Peacock Network’s new head of drama development.
The network announced Thursday that Lisa Katz is its new Executive Vice President of Drama Development. Katz steps into the job previously held by Pearlena Igbokwe, who was recently promoted to president of Universal Television Studios.
The announcement was made by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, to whom Katz will report. Katz, who was most recently Senior Vice President, Drama Development at 20thCentury Fox TV, starts her new job July 11.
“Lisa Katz has spent the last 12 years of her career in development at 20thCentury Fox TV, where she has cumulatively overseen more than 40 pilots, 28 of which have gone to series,” NBC notes in its announcement. “She developed Lee Daniels’ and Danny Strong’s ‘Empire’ for Fox (with Imagine TV), which ultimately became one of broadcast television’s biggest hits; she most recently developed ‘Star’ (Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy), ‘APB’ (Len Wiseman and Matt Nix) and ‘Pitch’ (Dan Fogelman) for Fox, as well as Fogelman’s ‘This Is Us’ for NBC, which has generated a tremendous amount of early buzz with a record-breaking 71 million trailer-views across social media.”