Peter Roth to Step Down as Warner Bros TV Group Chairman in 2021
Peter Roth will step down as chairman of Warner Bros. TV Group early next year and end a more than two-decade tenure in the studio's TV division.
Roth's departure comes as part of a major corporate restructuring at WarnerMedia under CEO Jason Kilar, who took over the company in May. Part of this reorganization, in which Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly participated, was the creation of a unified group of studios and networks under Ann Sarnoff. Together with HBO programming president Casey Bloys, Sarnoff has control of all content development.
Warner Bros. didn't say a word about a possible replacement for Roth. Former Warner Bros. TV president Susan Rovner, who recently moved to a top programming job at NBCUniversal, has been viewed as Roth's likely successor. Brett Paul, the other TV president of Warner Bros., who worked with Rovner for many years, mostly handled the business aspect, while Rovner led the creative. Two former Netflix creative executives, Cindy Holland and Channing Dungey, are also in the free agent market. Dungey left Netflix last week to take advantage of an undisclosed new opportunity and her name was tossed around as a potential candidate for either Rovner or Roth's job (Warner Bros. has so far refused to comment on Dungey).
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"Peter and I have been dating about this for a while and while there is never a good moment to say goodbye, he felt it was the right time to change a new leader for the group," said Sarnoff. "He's delivered hundreds of shows, thousands of episodes, and millions of viewers with a single vision - to work with the best people and make the best television series." Not only is he valued by his peers and competitors, actors, writers, directors, and producers, but he is the driving force behind popular, pop-culture-defining television shows that we all know and love, including "The West Wing," "The Big "Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls, Two And A Half Men, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, The Flash and countless others. We are grateful for his contributions to our company and wish him all the best. "
Roth is one of the most respected and influential executives in the television business. He joined the studio in 1999 as President of Warner Bros. TV, was named President and Chief Content Officer of the TV group in 2013, and was appointed to his current position last February. During his tenure, the studio had 32 series of 100 episodes (the milestone normally required to make a series available for syndication), including "The Big Bang Theory," the longest running multi-cam at 279 episodes. Sitcom in TV History.
Other series developed under Roth are "Two and a Half Men", "The West Wing", "Gilmore Girls", "Smallville", "Gossip Girl", "Shameless", "Nip / Tuck", "Pretty Little Liars". "Arrow", "Mom", "The Closer", "Fringe", "The Flash", "Supernatural" and "One Tree Hill". Under Roth, the studio also has collective agreements with Chuck Lorre, Greg Berlanti, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, John Wells, Damon Lindelof, Mindy Kaling, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Elizabeth Banks, Bruno Heller, Michael Patrick King, Steve Molaro, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Bill Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, David Nutter, Rob Thomas, Matt Miller and Robert Zemeckis.
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Prior to Warner Bros., Roth was President of Fox Entertainment, where he developed "Ally McBeal", "That 70’s Show" and "Family Guy".
"Working at Warner Bros. has been the greatest, most meaningful, and rewarding experience of my career," said Roth. “Over the past 22 years, I have had the privilege of being associated with some of the most inspiring creative talents, the most impactful television shows, and the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever known. It has long been my dream to be able to say goodbye at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason. I am grateful to Ann Sarnoff for giving me this opportunity and to my previous and current Warner Bros. colleagues for giving me the gift of a lifetime. I look forward to the next chapter in my career and to staying connected to the people who have meant so much to me. "
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