She's now most-known for her role as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, but Tina Fey has also worked at NBCUniversal for more than 10 years as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, and now she's signed a four-year contract with the company that will keep her at the network and may have her acting.
She's worked at the network since 1997, and NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, "She's been a cornerstone of the network for over the past 10 years and there was just no way we were going to let her get away. It's a measure of our esteem for her as a writer, actress, and producer—she's in a class by herself."
The contract goes into effect mid-2013, after the last season of 30 Rock. The deal will allow her to develop shows with other writers in addition to or instead of her own shows. The deal doesn't involve a film component, though, so don't expect to see LL on the big screen anytime soon.
Greenblatt says that while he would love nothing more than having Fey's next project on NBC, it's a possibility that Universal TV could pitch it to a rival network, since Universal is currently producing Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project, and has three more pilots in the works at Fox.
"We would love to have her all over NBC in front of and behind the camera, but if she's got something great that's ripe for another network, that's something we'll embrace," Greenblatt said.