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Join Harvardwood for a conversation with Nancy Cotton, Executive Vice President, Head of Scripted programming for EPIX
Nancy Cotton is Executive Vice President, Head of Scripted Programming for EPIX, overseeing development and production of all original scripted series on the network. Since joining EPIX in February 2018, Cotton has greenlit and overseen the network’s growing slate of scripted originals. Series launched under her purview include Godfather of Harlem, starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos); DC origin story Pennyworth, from Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon (Gotham), and War of the Worlds, created by Howard Overman and starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern, all three of which recently aired second seasons. Cotton also shepherded the Ed Burns (Brothers McMullen) half-hour Bridge and Tunnel, which recently received a season two greenlight.
Cotton’s most recent series include Chapelwaite, based on the Stephen King short story Jerusalem’s Lot and starring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, as well as upcoming western Billy the Kid from Michael Hirst (Tudors, Vikings) and Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, Halo), and From, produced by the Russo Brothers, the Midnight Radio team, and Jack Bender (Lost).
During Cotton’s tenure, EPIX’s roster of original scripted series also includes limited series Belgravia, created by Julian Fellowes, critically acclaimed Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano, and Perpetual Grace, LTD, starring Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Jacki Weaver, and Jimmi Simpson, and created and executive produced by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris.
Prior to joining EPIX, Cotton was President, Heyday TV USA. Working with David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, Marriage Story), she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable, and streaming, including drama series The Inbetween from showrunner Moira Kirland, which ran for one season on NBC. At Heyday TV, Cotton also had projects in development with Emmy and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, Oscar-nominated writer Richard LaGravenese, Oscar-nominated director Jamie Donoughue, and celebrated actor Patrick Dempsey.
From 2007-2016, Cotton was Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs at Fox 21 Television Studios (formerly Fox Television Studios). She developed and oversaw the award-winning and critically acclaimed drama The Americans (FX), the Emmy-nominated series The Killing (AMC and Netflix), and Queen of the South (USA). She also developed The Chi (Showtime), written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, as well as Veena Sud’s Seven Seconds (Netflix), starring Oscar-winner Regina King. In addition, she oversaw The Comedians (FX), starring multi-award winning actors Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, Oscar-winner Holly Hunter’s Emmy-nominated Saving Grace (TNT), and Emmy-nominated The Riches (FX), starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.
Prior to FTVS, Cotton was head of television for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions where she executive produced broadcast series including Kevin Hill (UPN), starring Taye Diggs, Clubhouse (CBS), starring Dean Cain, Mare Winningham and Christopher Lloyd, and Complete Savages (ABC), co-created by The Simpsons writers Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully. Cotton also executive produced the acclaimed 10-part documentary series Carrier (PBS), which followed the US Navy’s nuclear aircraft supercarrier USS Nimitz on its six-month tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005.
Cotton was Vice President of Programming for Mandalay Television, where she produced Young Americans (WB), starring Kate Bosworth and Ian Sommerholder, and worked on Jeremy Piven vehicle Cupid (ABC), created by Rob Thomas. Before Mandalay, Cotton was Director, Drama Series at ABC, and oversaw numerous series including David Kelley’s award-winning The Practice. Cotton began her television career as an assistant in the television literary department at The William Morris Agency.
Cotton currently serves on the board of directors of the “I Have A Dream Foundation, Los Angeles as well as the advisory board of LAANE (Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy).
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