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NBC Head of Current Vernon Sanders Exits Network

Exec segues to overall producing deal with Universal Television

Vernon Sanders is exiting his role as head of current programming at NBC and has inked an exclusive production deal with Universal Television.

As NBC’s executive vice president of current programming, Sanders served as managed NBC’s scripted slate, including such hits as “This Is Us,” “The Good Place,” “The Blacklist,” Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” series and the revived “Will & Grace.”

He segues to the studio to begin working on such projects as Apple’s recently announced “Amazing Studios” anthology series.

“This was a not an easy decision, and the next chapter is truly bittersweet. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have worked at NBC during this amazing renaissance,” Sanders said. “One of the most alluring aspects of this new venture is the opportunity to partner with the visionary creators at Universal Television. I look forward to crafting compelling, diverse and big-tent television beside Jen, Pearlena and the rest of the NBCU team.”

“Vernon has been instrumental to the success of NBC these past few years and I personally wanted to make it my mission to help him achieve his aspirations of becoming a producer, while also finding a way to keep him as part of the family,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “He is a trusted and invaluable creative partner to so many, and I know we all feel remarkably fortunate to be able to continue to work very closely with him.”