Graham Wagner, Vera Santamaria join two NBC series

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Canadian screenwriters Graham Wagner and Vera Santamaria have jumped on board separate NBC primetime series on Thursdays.

Toronto sketch comedy vet Wagner will be a producer on season nine of The Office.

“I’ll be the new guy on a wildly popular series. Imagine trying to wedge yourself into a really good conversation that’s been going on for eight years, one that you’ve been eavesdropping on the whole time. So…it’ll be a little awkward at first,” said Wagner in a statement, adding, “but it’s both exciting and a huge relief to be able to work on a show that is extremely well made and very popular. That almost never happens.”

Wagner’s Canadian credits include The Cream of Comedy and Hotbox on the Comedy Network and Men With Brooms.

More recently, he landed in the U.S. as supervising producer on HBO series The Life and Times of Tim.

Santamaria joins Up All Night, which stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, as a producer.

She has worked on Little Mosque on the Prairie and Degrassi: The Next Generation, and co-created and exec produced How To Be Indie before moving to L.A. two years ago.

Santamaria last year worked as a producer on Community, after serving as a co-producer on NBC’s Outsourced.

Wagner and Santamaria are both repped by ICM and managed by Meridian Artists.

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