Executive Vice President
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Bela Bajaria was named Executive Vice President, Universal Television in August 2011. Her appointment as the head of the NBCUniversal-owned television production company began the re-establishment of the studio as a stand-alone entity after its creative programming division was folded into the NBC network in 2008.
Bajaria oversees creative programming for one of the country's largest and most successful television studios which is responsible for such hit series as "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," “30 Rock,” "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Grimm," "Smash" and "Parenthood." The studio also produces such new series as "The Mindy Project," "Go On," "Chicago Fire" “Deception,” and "Guys with Kids."
Earlier, Bajaria held two key posts simultaneously: Senior Vice President, Cable Programming for CBS TV Studios, and Senior Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for the CBS network. Upon creating the cable division at CBS TV Studios in 2007, she shepherded many cable dramas and comedies from prolific writer/directors, including a docu-comedy for Showtime that was produced by Glenn Gordon Caron, “Common Law," and "Panic Boys" for Showtime. While at CBS, Bajaria also worked on numerous cable projects by notable writers such as Carol Mendelsohn, Julian Fellowes, Augusten Burroughs, Anthony Zuiker and James Ellroy.
Bajaria simultaneously oversaw the CBS Sunday Night Movie -- the #1 TV movie franchise for over 10 years -- as Senior Vice President, Movies and Miniseries. She was responsible for the critically acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise, oversaw production of eight TV movies in the popular "Jesse Stone" franchise and worked on many Emmy-nominated miniseries, including "Joan of Arc," "Jesus," "Reagans," "Elvis" and "Hitler." She oversaw over 130 movies that showcased such actors as William Hurt, Anna Paquin, Anne Bancroft, Anjelica Huston, Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.
Bajaria resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.