Netflix hires NBC scripted exec Tracey Pakosta as new head of comedy

Netflix has hired co-chairman of NBC’s scripted programming Tracy Pacosta as the new head of comedy.

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Reporting to the global head of TV Bella Bajaria, Pacosta will oversee the development and live action and adult animation for Netflix’s scripted comedy slate, as well as current programming and shows for both stand-up and comedy teams.

Pacosta was considered the front-runner for the position, having moved on to Bajaria previously and with strong comedy credibility, following the departure of Jane Wijman last month, developing hits including The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine And helped launch.

She leaves her current role after nearly a decade with NBCUniversal, joining EVP of Comedy Development for Universal Television in 2011, previously headed by Bajaria.

“I’ve spent many hours watching as a fan, and now I’m incredibly excited to join Bella and Netflix’s original series team,” Pacosta said. “Comedy is my favorite playground, and I can’t wait to make people laugh with all the like-minded creators – we really need it!”

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Picosta’s appointment comes during a few months of turmoil on both Netflix and NBC, with Wijerman being appointed as the global head of TV after Wijeman’s exit earlier this year, with Sindhi Holland, VP of original content Was abandoned in 18 years later. beam. The door was followed shortly after by Netflix’s VP of Original Channing Dangie, who took on a new role as chairman of the Warner Bros. television group.

The high-level performance movement comes in the form of Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who was hired as co-CEO of Netflix in July, which strives to streamline the content team and grow the company’s global customer base is.

Netflix recently revamped its senior commissioning rank under Bajaria as part of this broader change.

The situation in which Pacosta leaves NBCUniversal behind him appears no less turbulent, with the exit of his former boss Paul Telegdi in recent weeks as chief Meredith Ahar, who in August was the US studio giant Was released after allegations of misconduct.

At the same time, NBCU is currently restructuring its operations with former Warner Bros. TV to focus on the nascent streamer Mayur. TV has recently appointed Susan Rowner as its new entertainment head, while executing USA Network and Syfy chief Chris McComber and president of NBC Entertainment. Paul Telgi has also dropped out.