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Pearlena Igbokwe


Universal Television

Since June 2016, Pearlena Igbokwe has served as President, Universal Television, a role in which she   oversees creative programming for one of the country's largest and most successful production companies.

Some of the highly acclaimed programs under Igbokwe’s purview include comedies “Russian Doll,” “The Good Place,” “Will & Grace,” "Superstore," “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "Master of None," and dramas "Chicago Fire" (and its spinoffs), “Good Girls,” “New Amsterdam,” “FBI,” and "The Bold Type," among numerous others.

Prior to her current role, Igbokwe served as Executive Vice President, Drama Programming, for NBC Entertainment, where she developed the top-rated new broadcast dramas for three consecutive years (“The Blacklist,” “Blindspot” and “This Is Us”).

Igbokwe worked at Showtime for 20 years where she was involved in developing the pilot and overseeing the first five seasons of "Dexter," Showtime's most popular series ever. She also developed the pilot for "Masters of Sex," starring Michael Sheen, and supervised the Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed original series "Nurse Jackie" and "The Big C. In addition, she shepherded "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union," "Damon Wayans' Underground," Kirstie Alley's "Fat Actress" and the television adaptation of the hit feature film "Barbershop." She was also instrumental in the five-season run of the hit Showtime series "Soul Food," a two-time NAACP Image Award winner for Best Drama Series.

Igbokwe has mined success from a number of original movies she developed for Showtime, including the Humanitas Award-nominated "Jasper, Texas," starring Academy Award winners Jon Voight and Louis Gossett Jr.; the Emmy-nominated "Bojangles," starring the late Gregory Hines; and the Peabody Award-winning "Strange Justice.”

She began her Showtime career as Manager of Direct Response, Television Marketing, where she was responsible for all media planning and spending, agency creative development, video production and telemarketing for a $13 million general and Hispanic market acquisition campaign.

Igbokwe has been featured in numerous industry trade magazines for her leadership, including The Hollywood Reporter (Women in Entertainment Power 100, Top 35 Under 35), Ebony (Top 50 Showbiz Players) and Essence, among others.

She is currently on the boards of the Hollywood Radio and TV Society (HRTS) and National Association of TV Programming Executives (NATPE).

Igbowke, who was born in Nigeria, is married and has two children. She resides in Los Angeles.