Universal Television Promotes Jim Donnelly to EVP Comedy Development

Studio also promotes Dan Shear to senior vice president

Universal Television has promoted Jim Donnelly to executive vice president, the studio announced on Friday.

Donnelly has led the studio’s comedy development team since 2015 when he joined it as senior vice president.

The studio has also upped Dan Shear, who’s been vice president at Universal Television since 2014, to senior vice president.

Together, Donnelly and Shear have developed a number of comedies for NBC and Universal, including “The Good Place,” “A.P. Bio,” “Superstore,” as well as the upcoming “I Feel Bad” and “Abby’s.” The duo has also developed a number of streaming series, such as “Forever” for Amazon and the upcoming “Russian Doll” for Netflix and “Little America” for Apple.

“The talent level at our studio is second to none and the promotions of Jim and Dan are reflective of the work they have done to help get us to where we are today,” UTV president Pearlena Igbokwe said in a statement. “Our development team has set an industry standard and looking at our array of broadcast, cable and streaming partners, the industry agrees. I am thrilled that these gifted executives will continue to help guide our studio for the foreseeable future.”

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