Erin Underhill was promoted to President of Universal Television in November 2020 and oversees creative affairs, casting and production for one of the country’s largest and most successful studios.
Universal Television currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. The NBCUniversal production company in 2019 was brought under the Universal Studio Group umbrella along with UCP, NBCUniversal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio, run by Chairman Pearlena Igbokwe, to whom Underhill reports.
Universal Television boasts record volume with projects that include “Russian Doll,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Little America,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Amsterdam,” “The Bold Type,” “Good Girls” and Dick Wolf’s successful new franchise, “FBI” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” as well as Wolf’s “Chicago”-branded dramas. Upcoming series include NBC’s “Mr. Mayor,” “Young Rock” and “Kenan,” and CBS’s “The Equalizer,” as well as and the recently announced Jason Katims Amazon dramedy about three twentysomethings living on the autism spectrum.
Over the years, Underhill has shepherded many critically acclaimed and popular drama series, including “Friday Night Lights,” “The West Wing,” “Bates Motel,” “The Bold Type,” “Parenthood,” “The Path,” “Heroes,” “American Dreams,” “Chuck” and “ER.” She has also attracted top creative talent to the studio, including Julie Plec, Martin Gero, Jenna Bans, Mike Daniels, Carol Mendelsohn, Jessica Goldberg, Dean Georgaris, Carla Banks-Waddles, Lisa Cullen, Erika Green Swafford, Moira Kirland, Bill Krebs, Byron Balasco and David Frankel, among many others.
Prior to her current role, Underhill headed Universal Television’s drama development department as Executive Vice President and was previously Senior Vice President, Drama. Prior to that, Underhill was Senior Vice President, Current Programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios (previous to being renamed Universal Television) and was responsible for creative oversight of drama series such as “Parenthood,” “Southland,” “Heroes,” “Chuck,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Shades of Blue” and “Chicago Fire,” among numerous others.
On the network side, Underhill, who began her career as an Associate in NBC’s Drama Development department in 2000, was previously Vice President of Drama Development and Vice President of Current Series, among other positions. During that period, she oversaw such shows as “The West Wing,” “ER,” “American Dreams” and “Third Watch.”
Underhill resides with her family in Los Angeles and is a graduate of UCLA.