Peter Johnson to Exit as MRC’s Head of TV Development

Steps down two months after Elise Henderson started as “Ozark” producer’s president of television

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Peter Johnson is leaving MRC as its president of TV development, where he has been for the past two years.

Johnson is leaving to pursue other opportunities including producing, an individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap.

Johnson is leaving less than two months after Elise Henderson came over from Universal Content Productions to serve as its president of television.

Henderson oversees MRC’s slate of in-development, current television programming, and the multiple joint venture and strategic production partnerships. Henderson was most recently senior vice president of development at UCP, where she developed USA’s “Mr. Robot,” Syfy’s “Happy!” and Amazon’s “Homecoming.” She also helped the studio land the rights to Grant Morrison’s “The Invisibles” and George R.R. Martin’s “Wild Cards.”

MRC’s TV series roster includes “Ozark” on Netflix, the upcoming “The Great” for Hulu, which stars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and “The Outsider for HBO,” starring Ben Mendelsohn, with Jason Bateman directing and executive producing.

Before MRC, Johnson was executive vice president of scripted development for Legendary, where he oversaw development for “Colony,” “Lost in Space,” “The Looming Tower” and Amazon’s upcoming “Carnival Row.” Prior to that he spent nine years at McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision, serving as President of Television & Digital Media and Executive Producer of content.

Deadline first reported the news of Johnson stepping down.