Senior Vice President, Comedy Programming and Development, FOX Broadcasting Company
Samata Narra is the Senior Vice President of Comedy Programming and Development at FOX, where she is responsible for developing, launching, and overseeing live action and animated half-hour comedy series for the network. In her time at FOX, she has been instrumental in the development and launch of LA to Vegas, The Mick, critically acclaimed The Last Man on Earth starring Emmy-nominated Will Forte, Emmy Award winner Bob’s Burgers, Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated New Girl, and The Mindy Project. She started at Fox in 2011 as Director of Comedy Development.
Prior to FOX, Samata spent over seven years as a literary manager at Fineman Entertainment, where she represented writers and directors in both television and features including Dick Donnor (Lethal Weapon, The Goonies), Phillip Noyce (Quite American), Jack Bernstein (Ace Ventura Pet Detective), Steve Herek (Mr. Holland’s Opus), and Neal Israel (Police Academy). Through Fineman Entertainment’s producing deal at Fox Television Studios, Samata developed the series Lights Out for FX. This is also where she began executive producing Meet the Patels, a romantic comedy documentary and festival favorite, which was released in September 2015.
A native of Pikeville, KY, Samata started her career at the William Morris Agency working for CEO Norman Brokaw after graduating from Boston University’s School of Management. She is chairman of the board of Film2Future, a film, animation and virtual reality program for underserviced high school kids in Los Angeles. She also serves on the board of Colour Entertainment Groups. She has been included in Marie Claire’s New Guard, The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Under 35, and Variety New Leaders.