Joann Alfano is returning to NBC as EVP at NBCUniversal International Television Production. Based in Los Angeles, she will oversee the company’s global scripted business, which includes Camp (NBC), Motive (ABC), Family Tree (HBO), Newlyweds (Bravo) as well as the upcoming Dracula (NBC) and Season 4 of Downton Abbey (PBS). She will report to division president Michael Edelstein. Alfano succeeds EVP Deborah Oppenheimer who recently joined one NBCU’s labels, Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, though Alfano’s role will be broader. From today’s announcement:
Alfano will supervise the development and production of scripted programming across the NBCUniversal International Television portfolio of companies including Carnival, Lucky Giant and Matchbox Pictures. She will also manage the division’s strategic partnerships with both Working Title Television and Lark Productions.
In addition, she will identify and develop new projects with the goal of bringing writers and producers from the US to NBCU International production entities. She will also be in charge of the imminent expansion of the division’s Los Angeles office.
Alfano, who starts full time in late October, originally began her career at NBC. She returns to the NBCU family after serving as executive producer on the upcoming ABC drama Resurrection, which she developed in her previous position as President of Television at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Prior to that, she was Head of Programming for Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network, where she oversaw all movies and series. Alfano also oversaw and served as Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated reality series Project Runway during its successful move from Bravo to Lifetime.
Before joining Lifetime Networks, Alfano was President of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Television, where she developed and executive produced the Emmy-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock. While at NBC, Alfano served in numerous capacities including head of both Drama and Comedy Development, as well as overseeing the production of numerous NBC shows, including Emmy winner Will & Grace, Peabody Award-winning drama Homicide: Life on the Street, Ed, Profiler, Scrubs and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.