Speaker Erin Underhill

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Erin Underhill



Erin Underhill is President of Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, and oversees creative affairs, casting and production for one of the country’s largest and most successful studios.

With Underhill at the helm, Universal Television currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late-night programs for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. Acclaimed series produced by Universal Television include Dick Wolf’s enormously successful “Law & Order,” “Chicago” and “FBI”-branded series, “Russian Doll,” “New Amsterdam,” “Little America,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Mr. Mayor,” “The Equalizer,” “Young Rock,” “Rutherford Falls,” “Girls5eva,” “Hacks,” “Schmigadoon!,” “La Brea,” “Harlem” and “Bel-Air.”

Over the years, Underhill has shepherded many critically acclaimed and popular drama series, including “ER,” “The West Wing,” “American Dreams,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Chuck,” “Parenthood,” “Bates Motel,” “The Path” and “The Bold Type.” She has also attracted top creative talent to the studio, including Gemma Baker, Byron Balasco, Jenna Bans, Lisa Cullen, Mike Daniels, David Frankel, Dean Georgaris, Martin Gero, Jessica Goldberg, Bill Krebs, Julie Plec, Erika Green Swafford and Carla Banks-Waddles.  

Prior to her current role, Underhill headed Universal Television’s drama development department as Executive Vice President and was previously Senior Vice President, Drama. Before that, she was Senior Vice President, Current Programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios (renamed Universal Television) and was responsible for creative oversight of drama series such as “Heroes,” “Southland,” “Parenthood,” “Chicago Fire” and “Shades of Blue,” among numerous others.

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