NEW EXECUTIVES IN DRAMA AND COMEDY PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR NBC ENTERTAINMENT AND UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS
Lourdes Diaz Is Named Vice President, Drama Programming; Rebecca McGill Is Elevated to Director, Drama Programming; Joey Chavez Is Promoted to Manager, Drama Programming, and Mike Nunes Is Upped to Manager, Comedy Programming
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - May 7, 2010 - Four executives have been named to key program posts in NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, including Lourdes Diaz, who joins the company as Vice President, Drama Programming. In addition, Rebecca McGill is elevated to Director, Drama Programming; Joey Chavez is promoted to Manager, Drama Programming; and Mike Nunes is upped to Manager, Comedy Programming.
The announcement was made by Laura Lancaster, Executive Vice President, Drama Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, and Jeff Ingold, Executive Vice President, Comedy Programming, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.
Diaz, McGill and Chavez will report to Lancaster; Nunes will report to Ingold.
"I couldn't feel luckier to have such smart, dedicated, dynamic drama executives," said Lancaster. "Lourdes is an exciting addition to our team and all of the promotions are so well-deserved. This is really an impressive group!" Ingold called Nunes "an important member of the 'Community' team who has shown great instincts on the development side as well."
Diaz will be responsible for overseeing current drama series and development. McGill will oversee current drama series and will continue to handle daytime program duties for "Days of our Lives." Chavez, who previously was an NBC Universal Entertainment Associate, will be responsible for assisting in overseeing various current drama series and development.
Nunes, who also previously served as an NBC Universal Entertainment Associate, will help to oversee current comedy series and development.
Diaz most recently founded Agua Entertainment Group (AEG), specializing in film, television, and new media projects. She has served in senior positions at such companies as ICM and Orion Pictures and has developed, packaged and/or produced over 20 feature films and television programs in her career, including both domestic and foreign co-productions.
Diaz' credits include the Emmy Award-nominated "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" for HBO, "Imagining Argentina" and "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas." Her former company, AEG, is currently in post-production on the film "Zenitram," "Dirty Chat" (Internet series) and "Ghost Recon" (television pilot). At AEG, Diaz also saw the company produce three pilots in "La Chaperona," "La Vida Beach; and "It Girl" for bi-lingual network LaTV.
Prior to AEG, Diaz was General Manager of Visual Content for VOY and earlier served as Head of Development and Production for Green Moon Productions (Antonio Banderas' and Melanie Griffith's company). She was responsible for the development and production of studio and independent films, and also television.
Before joining Green Moon, Diaz was Senior Vice President of Development and Production at Orion/MPCA, where she developed studio films, independent productions and television movies. Diaz also was an agent at International Creative Management and was responsible for the West Coast office of ICM's independent-packaging division in the International Department, sourcing, managing and placing creative artists. Diaz graduated with honors from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication, film and television studies.
McGill previously served as Manager, Daytime Programming at NBC since December 2006. She also previously was assigned oversight of "Days of our Lives."
Earlier in her career, McGill worked at Peter Engel Productions, which produced several successful series for NBC's Saturday morning lineup. More recently, she served as Manager, Creative Affairs at Flame Television. McGill received her Bachelor of Science degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University.
Chavez had served as an Entertainment Associate in Drama Programming since October 2008. In that position, he provided coverage for current drama series and development projects while working with the writers, producers and directors and handled development pitches.
From December 2007 to October 2008, Chavez was a Program Managing Scheduler for The Learning Channel. While at TLC, he managed and created the network's schedule for all programming, which also required him to strategize the best schedules including program marathons and strips. Earlier, Chavez, worked as a Development Coordinator at David Janollari Productions from July 2007 to December 2007. In addition, he was Programming and Acquisitions Coordinator at the Style Network from July 2006 to July 2007. He served as a Programming Executive Trainee at the WB network from 2005-06.
Chavez graduated cum laude from USC with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Cinema-Television. He also attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts - Film and Television.
Nunes most recently was an Entertainment Associate in Comedy Programming since March 2008. Earlier, Nunes served as a Drama Coordinator in Primetime Development from June 2007 to October 2008 assigned to one department executive and completed another term as a Drama Coordinator for another executive from June 2005 to June 2007.
Prior to NBC, Nunes was an Assistant in Development and Current programs for Tollin-Robbins Productions from April 2004 to June 2005. He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and later earned a Master of Arts degree in television, radio and film.