Pearlena Igbokwe Named Universal Television President

Former Showtime Networks exec succeeds Bela Bajaria atop studio

Pearlena Igbokwe has been promoted to president of Universal Television, succeeding Bela Bajaria, who departed her post earlier in the week.

Igbokwe, a member of the 2010 Class of MCN Wonder Women, joined NBC Entertainment in 2012 as executive VP, drama development. She will continue to report to Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment.

“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,” Salke said. “Her leadership, vision and taste have resulted in an impressive string of drama successes 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.”

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Igbokwe came to NBC after two decades at Showtime Networks, where she supervised dozens of television movies before transitioning into drama and comedy series development. Shows she helped develop include Dexter and Nurse Jackie.

It was a tumultuous week for studio heads, with Bajaria leaving Universal after close to five years and Steve Mosko departing Sony Pictures Television after more than two decades with the company.