UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Longtime NBC executive Bruce Evans has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Current Programming. He will report to NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
Evans, a well-respected leader in NBC’s current programming department and a veteran of the network for more than 20 years, replaces Vernon Sanders, who has signed an exclusive production deal with Universal Television. The two will work together over the next few months to ensure a seamless transition.
“There was never a moment that I didn’t see Bruce as the natural successor as head of our current business,” Salke said. “His remarkable skill set shines through in managing many of our biggest shows and I’m thrilled we’ll be able to work even more closely together moving forward.”
Evans, who was most recently Senior Vice President of Current & Daytime Programming, was responsible for many high-profile NBC series that helped propel the network to its current #1 status, including “The Blacklist” and “Blindspot.” In addition, Evans was the executive in charge of NBC’s iconic daytime drama “Days of our Lives.”
Evans served as Director of Primetime Series shortly after he began in 1995 and was promoted five years later to Vice President of Primetime Series. In 2007 he earned a Senior Vice President title and over his career has worked on such series as “Heroes,” “Grimm,” “Medium,” “Crossing Jordan” and the entire “Law & Order” franchise.
Evans is a graduate of Brown University and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management.