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Pearlena Igbokwe New Drama Head at NBC

Just one day after Laura Lancaster was removed from her VP position, NBC has hired Pearlena Igbokwe as their new executive vice president of drama.

Igbokwe spent 20 years at Showtime and developed the pilots for Dexter and the new series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen. In addition, she’s credited for Nurse Jackie, The Big C and Barbershop. She will be reunited with her old boss Bob Greenblatt, who also jumped ship from Showtime to NBC.  In her new role Igbokwe will oversee the development of all new NBC dramas.

“Pearlena has forged an impressive track record over her successful career that has earned her the admiration of the creative community,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a release. “She will bring a unique perspective to development that will help us reach our goal of once again making NBC the home of some of the best and most respected dramas on television.”

Lancaster will shift into a consulting role during the transition.

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