The news of a division-wide reorganization comes a day after the Turner networks announced former Mark Burnett Productions exec David Eilenberg as the new SVP Unscripted Development. The updated structure will include new roles for three current executives, with Lillah McCarthy promoted to SVP of TNT and TBS Original Productions, heading up the networks’ in-house production company. She had been SVP Original Programming at TNT and TBS. “With an increased emphasis on building up our in-house production arm, we needed an executive who could bring true experience and great taste to the task,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. “Lillah McCarthy has been a powerful force behind some of our most popular original series, making her an ideal choice to head up TBS and TNT Original Productions, an important and growing part of our business.” Since arriving at TNT to help develop The Closer, McCarthy has overseen development on Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, Falling Skies and Franklin & Bash.
As part of the shuffle, former TBS VP Comedy Development Kathy Busby will become VP of TNT and TBS Original Productions, reporting to McCarthy. Former TNT VP Development Brett Weitz, meanwhile, has been upped to SVP Scripted Development for TNT and TBS. All four newly minted LA-based executives report to Wright. SVP Current Programs Sam Linsky and SVP Late Night & Specials David Hudson remain in their posts.