Russell Rothberg was named Senior Vice President, Drama, Universal Television, in September 2011, where he heads the studio’s drama department.
Rothberg’s previous position was Senior Vice President, Drama Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios (the previous name of Universal Television). Rothberg developed NBC’s new dramas “Awake” and “Prime Suspect,” among numerous other projects.
Rothberg joined NBC and Universal Media Studios in June 2009 and previously served as Vice President of Current Programming for Fox Broadcasting Company.
At Fox from 2003-08, Rothberg at various times oversaw such series as “House,” “Bones,” “American Dad” and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” He also provided show coverage for three seasons of “24,” including its Emmy Award-winning season when it was named Outstanding Drama Series. Earlier, Rothberg was Manager of Series Programming from 2000-03. There, he developed “Wild Card” and “Missing” while he provided coverage for such current series as “Strong Medicine,” “For the People” and “The Division.”
In addition, Rothberg was a Writer/Associate Producer at Active Learning Technologies as well as a Writer’s Assistant at UPN in 1998 (Rothberg also is a scriptwriter who wrote two pilots and an episode of “Legacy”). His earlier experience includes stints as a producer at Fish Drum, Gift Horse Productions and High Noon Entertainment.