“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.”
Igbokwe came to NBC Entertainment four years ago as executive vice president of drama development. Before that, she spent 20 years at Showtime Networks, beginning with television movies and then moving into drama development, where she worked on classics such as Dexter and Nurse Jackie. Igbokwe is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Business School.
Channing Dungey became the first African-American TV network president when she was named to the top post at ABC in February.
Igbokwe replaces Bela Bajaria, who abruptly left her post this week after five years on the job.