LONDON – NBCUniversal International Television Production said Wednesday it has named JoAnn Alfano to the post of executive vp, scripted programming.
Based in LA, she will report to Michael Edelstein, president of the NBCUniversal unit.
Alfano previously worked at NBC and most recently served as executive producer on upcoming ABC drama Resurrection, which she developed in her previous position as president of television at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. She starts her new role full-time in late October.
Alfano will oversee the company’s global scripted programming business, building on the firm's success in the U.S. this year with such shows as Camp on NBC, Motive on ABC, Family Tree on HBO, Newlyweds on Bravo. The firm is also behind the upcoming NBC show Dracula and season four of Downton Abbey, which will air here on ITV later this year and then come to PBS in the U.S.
Alfano will supervise development and production of scripted show across companies under the NBCUniversal International Television umbrella, including Downton producer Carnival, Lucky Giant and Matchbox Pictures. She will also manage strategic partnerships with Working Title Television and Lark Productions.
Alfano's job will also be identifying writers and producers from the U.S. who can work with NBCU International production entities.
"JoAnn is a triple threat," Edelstein said. "She is an Emmy Award winning producer, an experienced network executive, and her excellent relationships with broadcasters and talent are second to none. We are delighted she is joining our team at this exciting time, and she will be instrumental in driving growth of our business in the U.S. and around the world.”
Before joining Brillstein, Alfano was head of programming for Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network. She also served as executive producer of reality series Project Runway when it moved from Bravo to Lifetime.
Before her time at the Lifetime networks, Alfano was president of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video Television, where she developed and executive produced comedy 30 Rock. In her previous work at NBC, Alfano served as head of both drama and comedy development and oversaw the production of the likes of Will & Grace, Scrubs and Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
“I love being an executive and I love being a producer, and this job affords me the opportunity to be both, not just for American broadcasters, but for broadcasters around the world,” said Alfano. “With a very dynamic portfolio of great companies, NBCU International isn’t limited to one particular network, country, or demographic. It’s the new frontier of television where you’re invited to be creative and think large about shows with global appeal.”