From The Hollywood Reporter comes the very sad news that former Sci Fi Channel executive Nora O’Brien died suddenly of a brain aneurysm yesterday (April 29, 2009) in Sausalito, California. As NBC vice president for drama programming, she had been in the Bay Area for several weeks for the shooting of a pilot for NBC called Parenthood, based on the movie by the same name. She was playing a basketball game with colleagues in the evening when she suddenly collapsed, according to this account in the Contra Costa Times.
Nora spent five years at The Sci Fi Channel and while there was at different times the executive in charge of both Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. The producers, in particular Joe Mallozzi, have always spoken very highly of Nora, and fans had the opportunity to see her at Comic Con. She was in person a true fan of Stargate and immensely grateful for the loyalty of its fans. Solutions would like to express our regret for her loss to her family, friends, and co-workers, past and present.