Earlier this year Channing Dungey became the first African American to sit at the head of a major broadcast network. Today we are proud to announce that Pearlena Igbokwe has finalized a deal with NBCUniversal to become the President of Universal Television.
Igbokwe, will leave her post as the head of drama to replace Bela Bajaria who exited Universal Television earlier this week with two years still remaining on her contract. She will continue to report to Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, who currently oversees the studio.
Prior to NBCUniversal, Igbokwe spent nearly two decades at Showtime where she worked with the current NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. She began her career in marketing prior to being promoted to Director of Original Programming. This was followed by a promotion to Vice President of Original Programming and she eventually served as Senior Vice president of Original Programming at Showtime from 1999 to 2012 where she oversaw shows such as Dexter and Nurse Jackie.
She joined NBC in 2012 as the EVP of drama and was responsible for a string of hits such as The Blacklist, Blindspotand, Shades of Blue, and the Chicago spinoffs.
“Pearlena’s remarkable track record in drama programming at NBC over the last few years made it clear that she was the ideal choice to lead the studio into its next phase of growth.”
“Her leadership, vision and taste have resulted in an impressive string of drama successes from The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Med, and the upcoming series This Is Us, Timeless and Taken that coincides with our return to a top position among networks. Pearlena also comes to the job with a wealth of experience in television movies and comedy and we have no doubt she will lead our prolific studio forward in a dynamic way.” – – Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment
This is very exciting news and we wish Pearlena Igbokwe the best in her new post!