Former MTV head of programming David Janollari has signed a three-year development deal with Universal Television that puts him back in business with NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.
Janollari (pictured), who left MTV last year, produced "Six Feet Under" and the miniseries "Elvis" and "American Family" with Greenblatt. Janollari also developed "Friends," "Supernatural" and "Awkward."
"We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process," said Greenblatt. "He's one of the best producers I've ever worked with and I'm thrilled to be back in business with him at our studio. When he left MTV it became my goal to talk him back into producing again."
At MTV, Janollari led the network into scripted programming from 2010 until last year. Among the shows that premiered during his run were "Teen Wolf" and "Awkward." He was previously president of the WB Network, where he launched "Supernatural," which continues today on the CW.
"The opportunity to work with Bela, Jen Salke, Bob Greenblatt and all of the creative people at Universal Television – some of whom I have known for the better part of two decades – is what I'm really looking forward to," said Janollari. "I'm very excited about returning to producing again after nearly 10 years on the network side and hopefully supplying attention-getting new shows to all of the networks."
Janollari began his career at the Fox Broadcasting Co., followed by a stint at Warner Bros., where he specialized in comedies, including "Friends."
"Our goal is to make deals with the best creative producers in our business and David Janollari exemplifies this," said Bela Bajaria, executive vice president of Universal Television. "Not only have I had the pleasure of working with him when he was a producer in the trenches, but he also has experience as an executive at three different networks which gives him added insight into the complexities and ever-changing programming needs of our industry at this moment. We're thrilled to welcome him to the Universal Television family."
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