Following CW drama topper Thom Sherman’s recent promotion to EVP development, his lieutenants Gaye Hirsch and Joanna Klein have been named co-heads of the network’s drama development department. They will keep their SVP titles and will continue to report to Sherman, who now oversees both scripted and unscripted development. Here is the official release:

BURBANK, CA – June 8, 2011 – Gaye Hirsch and Joanna Klein have been named Co-Heads, Drama Development, The CW, effective immediately, it was announced today by Thom Sherman, Executive Vice President, Development, The CW, to whom they will continue to report. As Senior Vice Presidents and Co-Heads of Drama Development, they will jointly oversee the creation and development of new drama series for the network.

“Gaye and Joanna each possess a unique and complementary combination of sharp instincts, creative talents, and fantastic relationships throughout the community,” said Sherman.  “I’m thrilled that our drama development department has such a fantastic team in place.”

Hirsch joined The CW in 2006 as Vice President, Current Programming, where she had overseen day-to-day production on several CW primetime series, including “Gossip Girl.”  In 2009, Hirsch transitioned into Drama Development, serving as Senior Vice President, working alongside Klein in developing “Nikita” as well as the network’s most recent development slate which included the freshman series “Hart of Dixie” with Rachel Bilson; and “The Secret Circle,” executive produced by Kevin Williamson.

Klein also joined The CW in 2006 as Vice President, Drama Development and has been integral in the development of some of The CW’s signature series, including the network’s #1 show “The Vampire Diaries” and “Gossip Girl”   She was named Senior Vice President, Drama Development in 2010.

Previously, Hirsch had served as a Senior Executive at Cruise/Wagner Productions since 2000.  Prior to Cruise/Wagner, she was Vice President of Production for HBO Films, working on such Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning films as “Gia” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.”  She began her career at Touchstone Pictures, where she eventually became Vice President, Production.

Before joining The CW in 2006, Klein served as Vice President of Development at Regency Television and at Lionsgate Television, where she was involved with such series as “Weeds.”   Klein began her career in entertainment as a business planner at Touchstone Television.