Deadline, the US online entertainment magazine, reports that after nearly a decade at NBCUniversal, NBC’s co-president of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta is leaving the company to join Netfix as its head of comedy.
The longtime TV exec will oversee development and current programming at the streaming giant, including adult animation and live-action family comedies, as well as stand-up and comedy formats.
“I’ve spent many hours watching as a fan, and now I am incredibly excited to join Bela and the Netflix original series team,” said Pakosta. “Comedy is my favorite playground, and I can’t wait to partner with all of the like-minded creators to make people laugh – we really need it!”
Pakosta has worked at NBCUniversal since 2011, after joining the company as executive vice president of comedy development for Universal Television, where she developed and launched comedy series such as “The Good Place,” “Superstore,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and others. She was tapped to head comedy at NBC five years ago before being named co-president of scripted programming alongside Lisa Katz in 2018 after Jennifer Salke departed NBC to head Amazon Studios. Prior to her time at Universal TV, Pakosta also spent time at Craig Ferguson’s production company for CBS Television Studios, Green Mountain West, as well as more than a decade at the WB.