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BRIEF: Former MTV, WB exec David Janollari signs deal with Universal TV

May 22, 2013

YellowBrix

May 22--Former MTV programming chief David Janollari has signed a production deal with NBC's Universal Television unit.

The pact reunites Janollari with former producing partner Bob Greenblatt, who is chairman of NBC Entertainment and has oversight over Universal Television. The duo ran their own company for several years, and their credits included HBO's "Six Feet Under."

"We had a very satisfying and successful producing partnership, and I know first-hand how incredible David is in the creative process," Greenblatt said in a statement. "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."

Prior to his stint at MTV, Janollari was head of the now defunct WB Network. He also spent several years at Warner Bros. Television, where he played a key role in the development of many hits, including "Friends" and "The Drew Carey Show."

"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 said.

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