JoAnn Alfano, senior vice president of comedy development for NBC, is
departing the network to become president of Lorne Michael's Broadway Video
Television, said Michaels, executive producer of NBC's Saturday Night Live
and chairman of the company, on Friday.
Alfano will remain based in Burbank, where she will focus on developing
primetime projects for NBC.
Alfano has been in her current position since June 2000, and while there,
developed Scrubs as well as next fall's slate of comedies --
Whoopi, Happy Family, Coupling and The Tracy Morgan
She also helped develop Will & Grace while she was at NBC Studios,
where she served as vice president of prime time series from 1994-99.
Prior to heading up NBC's comedy department, she led drama development at the
network for one year. During that time, she developed Ed.
Alfano started working in New York as a publicist for Saturday NightLive and The Cosby Show.