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 Moss is the Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC’s scripted programs. Grace also manages nationwide outreach efforts and develops relationships with community partners, such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and East West Players. Before coming to NBC, Grace a Development Executive at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. 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 serves as a Hub Leader, and Filipino Hollywood Mafia, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant for Comcast’s Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program, the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar and, most recently, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute Corporate Athlete Training Program. She also received Comcast’s Ingenuity Award in 2008 for her contributions to the Style Network.
Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Minor in Asian American Studies.✖
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.✖