A Black Woman, Pearlena Igbokwe Named Head Of Universal Television


Popular TV studio, Universal Television, the production branch of the NBC television network has named a black woman, Pearlena Igbokwe as their new president.

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Pearlena Igbokwe was appointed just after the former president, Bela Bajaria, left the job which she had been at for 5 years quite suddenly last week.

Pearlena Igbokwe

Pearlena will be the second African American to lead a major TV studio (the first being Channing Dungey, who was named to the top post at ABC in February). On Friday, the president of NBC Entertainment who made the announcement, stated this about Pearlena;

“Pearlena’s remarkable track record in drama programming at NBC over the last few years made it clear that she was the ideal choice to lead the studio into its next phase of growth,” said Jennifer Salke.

Her leadership, vision and taste have resulted in an impressive string of drama successes – from The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue and the upcoming series This Is Us, Timeless and Taken—that coincides with our return to a top position among networks.”

The new Universal Studio president is a mother of 2 who migrated to the U.S with her parents at the age of 6. Growing up, she faced some of the challenges common to immigrants but went on to excel in her studies, bagging a Masters Degree from Columbia University.

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She initially worked at NBC in 1985 while she was an undergraduate at Yale University, and moved back to NBC in 2012 following a stint as the Drama head at Showtime, a cable network under CBS network, where she had been involved in production of TV shows; Dexter and Nurse Jackie.

Pearlena Igbokwe

As President of the network, Pearlena Igbokwe is likely to be tasked with increasing Universal TV’s drama output on NBC, which is very lucrative in the international marketplace.

It is a task which her wealth of experience and remarkable track record shows that she is very capable of handling and we are all expectant to see Universal Television roll out great TV shows under her leadership.