Pearlena Igbokwe

With four TV studios—Universal Television, UCP, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal International Studios—more than 100 active series and 3,000-plus-hours of programming under her purview, Igbokwe is a power center unto herself. What continues to drive her success is her focus on collaboration. Universal Studio Group’s portfolio includes Dick Wolf’s roster, Tina Fey’s production company Little Stranger and hit series including “Hacks,” “Never Have I Ever,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “Bel-Air.” As the first Black executive to head a major TV studio, lifting underrepresented voices and stories is always top of mind for Igbokwe.

TV series everyone should binge? Now that all of the season two episodes have dropped on Max, I recommend everyone go binge “The Gilded Age.” It’s a lavish feast for the eyes and a wonderful escape for your soul.

Summer Olympics event you most want to see in person? I would love to see the track and field events because it’s a display of such tremendous athleticism. And since NBCUniversal is broadcasting and streaming the Olympics this year, I may get my wish!

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