NBC Ups Lisa Katz & Tracey Pakosta to Lead Scripted Programming


Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta have been promoted to co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment.

Katz joined NBC as executive VP of drama in July 2016 and has since been overseeing the buying and development of all one-hour projects as well as shepherding the pilots and first seasons of all new dramas. Pakosta has been at NBCUniversal since 2011, where she began as executive VP of comedy for Universal Television before being recruited to run comedy at the network in 2015.

The executives will report directly to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.

“Lisa and Tracey have impeccable taste, strong leadership and a deep understanding of the NBC brand,” Greenblatt said. “It was Lisa who was one of the first to discover and cultivate what is now the phenomena of This Is Us, and she continues to bring that astute eye to all [that] she does for NBC; and Tracey has shepherded in a new era of smart comedies, reigniting audiences to once again tune in on Thursday nights. Their relationships with top showrunners and talent are second to none, and I have no doubt their combined experience and expertise will build on the incredible momentum the network has right now.”