Karen Horne is Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development and Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios. She is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s new Female Forward initiative for female directors, the Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, Alternative Director Program, StandUp NBC nationwide search for stand-up comedians, and NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC's Diversity Staffing Initiative.
She served as Director of Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank. She designed, implemented, and oversaw Nickelodeon’s Writer Fellowship Program. Horne was also a 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 of the West Coast for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles.