Universal Media Studios Gets New Heads Of Drama, Comedy & Casting And New Name

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 1:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s sibling Universal Media Studios has assembled a new top executive team under EVP Bela Bajaria, who took the reins of the studio last month. Additionally, UMS is changing its name to Universal Television, reverting to the moniker held by Universal’s TV production company, known for such series as the Law & Order franchise, prior to its 2004 merger with NBC Studios.

Bajaria’s new team includes Russell Rothberg, formerly SVP Drama Programming, NBC and UMS, who has been named head of the studio’s drama department as SVP Universal Television. Joining him in the drama area will be Erin Underhill, formerly SVP Current Programming, NBC and UMS, who now becomes SVP Universal Television, reporting to Rothberg. Additionally, former WB head of comedy Tracey Pakosta comes to Universal Television to lead the comedy department as SVP Comedy. And Showtime veteran Beth Klein, who left the pay cable network in April after 23 years, has been named SVP Casting, Universal Television. An additional comedy executive will be announced shortly. Read More »

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Casting Director Amy Britt Named Head Of Casting For Showtime

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 6:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Casting director Amy Britt, who along with partner Anya Colloff cast one of Showtime’s signature series, Weeds, has been tapped as the pay cable network’s new head of casting. Britt, who has been named SVP Talent and Casting, succeeds Showtime’s … Read More »

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Showtime Head Of Casting Beth Klein Exits

By | Tuesday April 5, 2011 @ 5:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Showtime’s SVP of talent and casting Beth Klein, a well-respected TV casting executive, is leaving the pay cable network after 23 years to pursue other casting opportunities. “I’m incredibly proud of my body of work here at Showtime and have been fortunate to have worked with such talented and … Read More »

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