The VP of Drama Programming for NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios died last night after fainting on the set of NBC’s pilot Parenthood up in Berkeley and being rushed to Marin General Hospital. Reports say the cause of death was a brain aneurism. She was only 44. Here’s the NBC Universal statement: “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of our beloved colleague Nora, who was respected and cherished by so many people in the entertainment community. She’ll truly be missed by all of us.” O’Brien came to Universal Media Studios from the SCI FI Channel, where she was VP of Original Programming. She’d been in her current job since January 2008 and acted as both a development and a current executive for scripted series. Some of her projects include Kings and The Philanthropist (the upcoming NBC summer series).
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