Lecture: Navigating the TV Landscape: Jobs and the Business of Making Television


Location: Mendoza College of Business, Room 158

Katie O’Connell has worked as a television executive for over 10 years. She was named executive vice president of drama programming at NBC Entertainment in June 2008, where she oversaw all aspects of drama development as well as current drama programming for NBC. That NBC drama slate included such shows as ER, Heroes, Chuck, Law and Order and Law and Order: SVU. Previously, she headed development at NBC in New York, where she oversaw the pilot of the Emmy winning comedy 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle. Prior to NBC, she worked at Imagine Television overseeing, among other series, Emmy winners Arrested Development and 24. She started her career in television at CBS as director of comedy development. In addition to these projects, Katie volunteers her time as a mentor and adviser with the Maisha Film Lab in Africa. She has taught a television workshop and an eight-day screenwriting workshop in Uganda.

This event is part of FTT Talks from the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.