Jennifer Gwartz Joins UCP and Scott Nemes to Manage New IP Unit – Deadline

UCP is making some changes.

The Universal Studio Group division has hired former 20th television director Jennifer Gwartz and put Scott Nemes in charge of a new division focused on intellectual property.

Gwartz, who was previously EVP, Development at Disney Television Studios division, joins as EVP of the studio. Gwartz, who left Disney late last year after her role was handed over to Carolyn Cassidy during the recent restructuring, will report to Beatrice Springborn, president of UCP and interim president of NBCUniversal International Studios.

During her time at 20th Television, she oversaw all comedy and theater development for the studio, selling on both broadcast and streaming platforms. She has produced pilots and series including Veronica mars and Made the feast.

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In the new role, the company said it will “guide operational workflows” through production, power and development.

Elsewhere, Scott Nemes has become EVP, Creative Acquisitions, Universal Studio Group and International Development.

Nemes, who was previously EVP Development and Current Programming at UCP and who has packed series such as upcoming Joe Exotic project, will kickstart the division through USG activities to secure rights to books, podcasts, articles and other IPs for talent under agreements at Universal Television, UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The UCP Audio Podcast division and the UCP Graphics comic book unit will live under this division and will be renamed USG Audio and USG Graphics.

He will also report to Springborn, as will Garrett Kemble, head of development at UCP, and UK-based David O’Donoghue, who is acting studio manager for the international team.

Kelsey Balance, SVP Kelsey Balance, based in Los Angeles, will now report to Nemes.

“Bringing Jen’s diverse expertise to UCP and amplifying the roles of Scott, Garrett and David will allow us to continue to grow and invest in our content through Universal Studio Group,” said Springborn. “These executives are enterprising, passionate and collaborative and I am delighted to collaborate with them as we get to create with the best of the best.”

Pearlena Igbokwe, President of Universal Studio Group added: “One of the goals of bringing all of our TV content businesses together under the umbrella of Universal Studio Group was to create more pathways to success for our talent roster and open access to intellectual property in all our studios. . I am convinced that this new structure will help us achieve this.

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