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SVP, Development, Documentary & Crime
NBCUniversal Television & Streaming
As Senior Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Development, Crime and Documentary Development, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Cori Abraham oversees all unscripted crime and documentary development across NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, USA and Peacock. She reports to Rachel Smith, Executive Vice President, Development, Entertainment Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
Previously, Abraham served as Senior Vice President, Development, Production and International, Oxygen Media, where she was responsible for overseeing the development team as well as led up International for the network. Abraham is the executive behind the development of series’ creative concepts and innovative formats which reflect Oxygen’s true crime programming filter. She was a key player in propelling Oxygen to new heights as it became one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks and developed thoughtful and groundbreaking series for the network including In Ice Cold Blood, Injustice with Nancy Grace, Mark of a Killer and Up and Vanished, as well as break out event series like Catching a Serial Killer: Sam Little, Dirty John, The Dirty Truth, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway and Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.
Prior to Oxygen, Abraham served as Vice President of Development at Bravo overseeing development on both coasts. During her tenure, she executive produced such hits as the two-time Emmy® award-winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and developed The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She was also behind the development of the freshman series Bethenny Getting Married?, which at the time became Bravo’s highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Previously, she served as Director of Development and Executive Producer at VH1 and spent three years at FX as the Director of Comedy Development.
A highly regarded industry executive and member of The Television Academy and the Producers Guild of America, Abraham has won two Emmy® Awards and her shows have received numerous NAMIC and GLAAD awards. She is an active participant with NBCUniversal’s Executive Mentor Program, providing guidance, advice and a positive outlook on the media business. Over the course of Abraham’s involvement, her mentees have continued on in their careers becoming heads of production companies and top industry executives. Abraham has also served as an industry expert speaking on many panels including those at Realscreen Summit and has also been honored by CableFAX as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable.”
Abraham graduated from the University of Wisconsin with two bachelor degrees, one in Communications Arts and the other in Theatre Arts.
Speaking on: Genre Jams - True Crime