Bela Bajaria was named Vice President of Content Acquisition at Netflix in November of 2016, overseeing the Unscripted Department and Content Acquisition for the Major Studios and Co-licensing. Previously, Bela was President of Universal Television, having shepherded creative programming for the studio since August 2011, producing hit primetime series across numerous networks, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "The Mindy Project," "Bates Motel," "Grimm," and "Chicago Fire.”
Earlier, Bela held two key posts simultaneously: Senior Vice President, Cable Programming for CBS TV Studios and Senior Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for the CBS network. Bela simultaneously oversaw the CBS Sunday Night Movie -- the #1 TV movie franchise for over 10 years.
In September 2013, Bela was elected President of the industry organization Hollywood Radio & Television Society for a two-year term. She is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including SAHARA, a non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic violence. Bela has been honored by the I Have a Dream Foundation of LA, The March of Dimes Foundation, and was given the Industry Leadership Award from the Indian Film Festival of LA. Additionally, she is an executive board member of the Television Academy and serves on the board of Los Angeles’ Saban Community Clinic.
Bela resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.