Karen Horne is vice president, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. Horne oversees primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Directing Fellowship Program, NBC’s Stand-Up nationwide talent search and the NBCUniversal Short Cuts Film Festival are among the many programs she leads. Earlier, Horne was appointed to the newly created position of director, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, in April 2009.
Horne came to NBC from Loud Paint Entertainment, where she was Creative Consultant since 2006. Prior, she served as director, Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank, California, from 2005-2006. Horne was an executive consultant at Nickelodeon Productions in Los Angeles from 1999-2005, where she designed, implemented and oversaw the company’s Writer Fellowship Program, among other duties. From 1995-99, Horne worked at HBO as a Co-Producer for the Emmy Award-winning animated series Spawn. Horne was also the director of Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television. Previously, she served as director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles. Horne’s early career includes stints at ABC, Inc., as an executive assistant to the president, ABC Entertainment, as well as positions at ABC Television Network Group and ABC Sports. Horne is a graduate of Montclair State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting. Register here.