Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion
Karen Horne serves as the Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios.
Horne, who reports to Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, NBC’s StandUp for Diversity nationwide talent search and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.
Earlier, Horne was appointed to the newly created position of Director, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, in April 2009.
Horne’s lengthy resume includes a variety of disciplines and contacts. She came to NBC from Loud Paint Entertainment, where she was Creative Consultant since 2006. Prior to that, she served as Director, Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank, California, from 2005-06. In that position, she was part of a two-person development team that developed feature, television and direct-to-video material for the animation company.
In addition, 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 also worked at HBO in Los Angeles as a Co-Producer for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Spawn.”
Horne also was the Director of Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television from 1996-99 (while she still retained her title as a Co-Producer of “Spawn”). Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles from 1993-96.
Horne’s early career includes stints at ABC, Inc., in Los Angeles as an Executive Assistant to the President, ABC Entertainment, as well as positions at ABC Television Network Group and ABC Sports.✖
Director, Diversity Programs
Grace Borrero Moss currently serves as the Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she helps oversee multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers, directors and actors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBCUniversal’s scripted programs. Before coming to NBCU, Grace was the Manager of Development & New Series at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. She was instrumental in developing hit shows such as Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Ruby, Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious. Grace was also part of the internal Diversity Council and worked with other NBCU cable networks to promote initiatives and track diverse talent in front of and behind the camera. Prior to her stint at the Style Network, Grace worked as a Producer and Director on a plethora of unscripted shows on a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, TLC and NBC.
Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including Asian Pacific Americans@NBCUniversal, where she served as a Chapter Leader and Professional Development Co-Chair, and Filipinos in Hollywood, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant in the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program in 2012 and the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar in 2011. She also was the recipient of Comcast’s Ingenuity Award in 2008 for her innovative contributions to the Style Network. Grace is also a member of the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) and Visual Communications, where she has contributed as a panelist at their annual Creative Content Conference.
Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Minor in Asian American Studies and won the prestigious Royal Morales Prize in Pilipino Studies for most outstanding paper on the subject.✖
Director, Diversity Initiatives
Jandiz has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2.” She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors. Upcoming films include SEVENTH SON starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.✖