Francesca Harewood is Vice President, Business Affairs for NBCUniversal where she negotiates agreements for NBC prime-time scripted series and specials. Francesca serves as the network business contact for outside studios producing NBC series, from the start of development, through pilot production and series. Francesca is also the business affairs executive for NBC annual specials, including “New Year’s Eve”, “Red Nose Day”, “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks” and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade”; and musical specials for artists such as Adele, Miley Cyrus and One Direction.
Before joining NBC, Francesca was Director of Business Affairs for Disney/ABC, negotiating talent and production deals for daytime soap operas, talk shows and syndicated programs.
After graduating from Wesleyan University, Francesca began her career in entertainment working in radio and television ad sales in Boston, MA. A few years later, USC Law School gave her the opportunity to move to Los Angeles and work in Hollywood. During her third year at USC, Francesca worked on“Entertainment Tonight” while interning on the Paramount lot. Following graduation, Francesca became a real estate attorney at Jones Day Reavis and Pogue in LA, and later a corporate securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Silicon Valley. At WSGR, Francesca advised clients ranging from small start-ups to large public corporations on corporate and compliance matters, and worked on numerous IPOs, mergers and private equity financing transactions.
In 2003, Francesca transitioned to entertainment law as a production attorney for Disney/ABC syndicated programs, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and “The Tony Danza Show.” She has also held positions as General Counsel of an internet marketing company in San Diego, CA, and Head of Business and Legal Affairs for SiTV (now Nuvo TV) cable network. Francesca serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Greene Council, the non-profit organization in Brooklyn, NY that her mother ran for over 30 years. She is also a founding member of Angelenos for LA, a private giving circle making annual grants to nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles.
Francesca was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Dover, Christ Church, Barbados where she maintains a family home and visits as often, and for as long as, her schedule permits.