Advisory Board Members
EVP, Scripted Programming
Based in the company’s Beverly Hills office, Nancy Cotton serves as the Executive Vice President, Original Programming for EPIX where she is responsible for the development and production of all original scripted series.
Prior to joining EPIX, Nancy was President of Heyday TV USA where she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable, and streaming, including In Between Lives slated for 2018. Previously, she was SVP, Creative Affairs at Fox 21 Television Studios where she developed and led the award-winning and critically acclaimed drama The Americans (FX), the Emmy-nominated series The Killing (AMC and Netflix), and Queen of the South (USA), starring Alice Braga. She also developed The Chi (Showtime), written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, as well as Veena Sud’s upcoming Seven Seconds (Netflix). In addition, she oversaw The Comedians (FX), starring award winning actors Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, Oscar-winner Holly Hunter’s Emmy-nominated Saving Grace (TNT), and Emmy-nominated The Riches (FX), starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.
Before FTVS, Cotton was head of television for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions where she executive-produced broadcast series including Kevin Hill (UPN), starring Taye Diggs, Clubhouse (CBS), starring Dean Cain, Mare Winningham and Christopher Lloyd, and Complete Savages (ABC), co-created by Mike and Julie Thacker Scully. Cotton also executive-produced the acclaimed 10-part documentary series Carrier (PBS), which followed the US Navy’s nuclear aircraft supercarrier USS Nimitz on its six-month tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005.
Cotton was Vice President of Programming for Mandalay Television, where she produced Young Americans (WB), starring Kate Bosworth and Ian Sommerholder, and worked on Jeremy Piven vehicle Cupid (ABC), created by Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars). Before Mandalay, Cotton was Director, Drama Series at ABC, and oversaw numerous series including David Kelley’s award-winning The Practice.
Cotton began her television career as an assistant in the television literary department at The William Morris Agency.