Lisa Katz is a veteran television executive who was elevated to the role Co-President, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment in February 2018. In this capacity, Lisa is responsible for comedy development, drama development, current programming, casting, and diversity programming initiatives for NBC, as well as the entirety of Universal Television operations, which includes parallel divisions of development, programming and casting.Katz joined NBC as Executive Vice President of Drama in July 2016 and had 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. In her role at NBC, she developed the military drama “The Brave” as well as midseason series “Good Girls” from Jenna Bans and “Rise” from Jason Katims.
In her previous capacity at 20th Century Fox Television, Katz developed two of the most successful recent broadcast hits with Dan Fogelman’s “This Is Us” for NBC and Lee Daniels’ and Danny Strong’s “Empire” for Fox (with Imagine TV). During her 12 years at the studio, Katz developed the long-running global hit “Bones” (Fox, Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson) as well as “Star” (Fox, Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy), “Sleepy Hollow” (Fox, Alex Kurtzman & Bob Orci), “Lie to Me” (Fox, Sam Baum, Imagine TV) and “The Unit (CBS, Shawn Ryan and David Mamet).
Before joining 20th, Katz started her career at Brillstein-Grey where she worked for seven years on both comedy and drama series, including “The Sopranos,” “Just Shoot Me,” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”
Katz is a graduate of Duke University, where she majored in English. She lives in Valley Village, Calif., with her husband, Dan, and their two sons.