Warner Bros. Television Suspends Top Overall Deals With Greg Berlanti, Bill Lawrence, Mindy Kaling And More

More than three months into the writers strike, Warner Bros. Television has moved in to suspend the remaining overall deals with some of its top creators. The list includes Greg Berlanti Productions, Bill Lawrence’s Doozer Productions, and Mindy Kaling’s Kaling International, sources said. JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot also is in the process of being notified, sources said. John Wells’ Productions’ pact was suspended in June. Chuck Lorre Prods.’ deal was suspended in the first wave in May, according to sources.

Warner Bros. Television Promotes Parul Agrawal To Head of Drama

Warner Bros. Television has promoted Parul Agrawal to the role of senior vice president and head of drama development. Agrawal previously was VP of drama development. She tales over the role from Leigh London Redman, who left the studio in July to join Berlanti Productions. Agrawal will report to Clancy Collins White, executive vice presidentEVP and head of development.

Warner Bros. TV Layoffs: Studio Cuts 26% Of Workforce, Unscripted & Animation Merge

Warner Bros Television is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce as part of its parent company’s drive to cut costs. The studio is slashing 26% of personnel, a total of 125 positions, across scripted, unscripted and animation.

WBTV Condemns Ruby Rose’s Comments About ‘Batwoman’ Co-Star Dougray Scott

Warner Bros. Television on Monday took aim squarely at former Batwoman lead Ruby Rose’s recent allegations about her onetime TV dad, Dougray Scott. It also reiterated that it did not pick up Rose’s option to continue as the series’ star in Season 2 “because of multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed by the Studio.”

Former ABC Exec Vicki Dummer Joins Warner Bros. TV As Head Of Current Programming

Warner Bros. Television has hired former ABC exec Vicki Dummer as EVP and head of current series programming as part of a restructure of its team. It marks a reunion between Dummer, who was previously head of current series programming at ABC Entertainment, and Channing Dungey, who is now Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group. The pair previously worked together at the Disney-owned broadcast network.

‘All Rise’ Creator Greg Spottiswood Fired After Misconduct Investigation

Warner Bros. Television launched a probe after a writers’ room revolt over how the CBS legal drama dealt with issues of race and gender.

Kaley Cuoco To Star As Doris Day In Limited Series About Showbiz Legend

Pepe Le Pew Not Slated For Future Warner Bros. Television Projects

Warner Bros. Extends Hiatus On TV Shows

Warner Bros. Television has become the second major TV studios to push the production return date for the series that had been slated to resume filming in Los Angeles next week. It joins CBS Studios, with other studios and streamers expected to follow. All American, Bob ❤️ Abishola, B Positive, Call Me Kat, Mom, Shameless, and You, which had been scheduled to return from the holiday break the week of Jan. 4 will all prolong their production hiatus.

Scott Rowe Leaving Warner Bros. Television

Scott Rowe is leaving Warner Bros. Television after 27 years, most recently as SVP, Communications & Domestic Marketing, for Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing. He is one of a number of longtime Warner Bros. executives departing the company as WarnerMedia is cutting down its workforce via layoffs and buyouts. (Rowe is believed to have taken a buyout.)

Warner Combines Scripted, Unscripted Ops

As part of the ongoing WarnerMedia restructuring, Warner Bros. Television Group Chairman Peter Roth is consolidating the studio’s scripted and unscripted television production operations. On the scripted side, Warner Bros. Television and cable/streaming unit Warner Horizon Scripted TV are being consolidated into a new scripted division led by Warner Bros. Television Presidents Susan Rovner and Brett Paul. They will continue overseeing all scripted programming, reporting to Roth. Clancy Collins White has been elevated to a newly created position and will now have day-to-day oversight of all scripted program development for the new Warner Bros. Television, reporting to Rovner.

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Workplace Under Investigation By WarnerMedia

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems on the long-running daytime series, Variety has learned. Executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set, said sources.

Melinda Hage, Warner Bros. TV EVP Of Current Programming, Retires

Rovner, Paul Named Warner Bros. TV Presidents

Longtime television executives Susan Rovner and Brett Paul have been tapped to become presidents of Warner Bros. Television, ascending from their most recent roles as executive vice presidents of the studio.

Warner Bros. TV Digital Exec Leaving

Warner Bros. TV executive Craig Hunegs will exit his role at the end of the year, capping a more than 20-year-career at the studio. Most recently president of business and strategy at Warner Bros. TV Group and president of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Hunegs managed all of the studio’s television production and oversaw its portfolio of digital brands.

Bill Lawrence Signs New Overall Deal At Warner Bros. TV

‘Friends’ Won’t Leave Netflix Until 2020

After a social media-driven frenzy, Netflix has confirmed that Friends will remain on the service throughout 2019, putting an end to fears the hit comedy from Warner Bros. TV would be leaving as of Jan. 1.

Ava DuVernay Inks $100M Deal With Warner Bros. Television

‘ALF’ Reboot In Development At Warner Bros. TV

Chuck Lorre: End In Sight For ‘Big Bang’

The end of the road for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory is coming into closer focus. The nerdy series ranks as TV’s most watched comedy among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and was renewed in March for its 11th and 12th seasons (48 episodes in total). “We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what’s going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series, but I’m just amazed we’re here,” co-creator Chuck Lorre said Tuesday.

‘Big Bang’ Names New Showrunner For Season 11

Warner Bros. TV Names Girardi Alternative EVP

Warner Bros. TV’s Dan Limerick Moves To WME

Warner Horizon’s Adam Glick Moves To WB TV

Rob Thomas In Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Bill Lawrence Renews Warner Bros. TV Deal

WB Preps ‘Longmire’ Pitch To Digital & Cable Outlets

Mike Darnell Lands At Warner Bros. Television

Mere weeks after exiting Fox, the veteran reality TV executive is heading to Warner Bros. Television, where he will be president of unscripted and alternative programming. The move puts Darnell in charge of the reality genre for the studio’s Telepictures division as well as Warner Horizon, which produces American Idol rival The Voice. When Darnell begins his new job Aug. 12, he will report to Warner Bros. TV President Peter Roth.


‘Bethenny’ Push To Feature Digital, Cable

Plans to get the word out about the new Telepictures talker include the largest Warner Bros. digital media campaign ever for a syndicated talk show, including geo-targeting, as well as investments in national cable.


How Did The Studios Fare In The Upfronts?

Warner Bros. Television leads the pack with 12 series orders, followed by 20th Television (11) — the season’s biggest gainer — and ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios with nine each.

Bruce Rosenblum Exiting Warner Bros. TV

Warner Bros.’ television operations are in for a major management overhaul as longtime TV group topper Bruce Rosenblum is poised to exit the studio he has called home for more than 20 years.

Warner Bros., Churk Lorre Sign Four-Year Pact

Chuck Lorre, WBTV Near Deal With Film Component

Conan’s Company Re-Ups Deal With WB TV

Sheen Gets $25M Settlement With WB, Lorre

Charlie Sheen will receive $25 million in his settlement with Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre, according to a person familiar with the settlement. Warner Bros. announced the settlement Monday of Sheen’s lawsuit, in which he sought $100 million over his firing from Two and a Half Men. The person familiar with the settlement said the $25 million would cover back-end payments for Sheen’s appearances on the show.

Backstage At The Busiest Studio In America

The Warner lot is Hollywood’s most prolific TV factory, cranking out dozens of shows a year. This collection of 30 soundstages on 112 acres is the epicenter of Warner Bros. Television Group, the largest TV supplier in the U.S. by a wide margin, and a robust exporter of television all over the world. Currently, it produces 56 shows for American television, 26 of which will be on the broadcast networks this fall.

Charlie Sheen Judge Allows Cameras In Courtroom

Arbitrator Chosen In Charlie Sheen Case

Sources report that Richard Neal has been chosen to oversee the fight between Sheen, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre over Sheen’s firing from the hit CBS show.

How ‘Men’ Could Continue Without Sheen

Although the eight-year-old show is aging and revolved around Charlie Sheen’s playboy character Charlie Harper, Warner Bros. Television and CBS have every incentive to try to keep it going after producers fired him on Monday. The show, for one, is a huge moneymaker: It is the most popular comedy on the air, and in syndication. But the more important question might be whether viewers will buy a remade show next fall.

Why Sheen’s Legal Position Is Not So Crazy

Charlie Sheen might have tiger blood and Adonis DNA, but it’s far from clear whether the Two and a Half Men star would prevail in what seems like an inevitable legal showdown with CBS and Warner Bros. Television over who is to blame for the implosion of America’s most-watched sitcom. Many showbiz legal experts say they think he has a decent case, especially if reports are true that his deal with WBTV includes no morals clause.