Warner Bros TV‘s head of development Susan Rovner is further expanding her turf, also taking over development for the studio’s cable division Warner Horizon TV. Rovner and top WBTV business executive Brett Paul have been named co-presidents of Warner Horizon Scripted Television. They succeed Warner Horizon EVP Craig Erwich, who left this month.
Rovner, who will continue in her role as EVP Development for broadcast-focused WBTV, will also be spearheading the development and programming of the studio’s cable scripted series. Paul, who already had been involved in Warner Horizon’s business operations, will maintain his role as EVP of WBTV, while assuming formal oversight for all business operations for the cable production unit. The process of Warner Horizon’s split into scripted and unscripted began last summer with the hire of former Fox alternative head Mike Darnell to lead all of WBTV’s reality and syndication efforts. Warner Horizon’s unscripted business executive team will report to both Darnell and Paul.
“Susan is one of the brightest and most accomplished development executives in the entertainment industry, possessing outstanding creative judgment and the innate ability to elicit an artist’s best work through collaboration,” Warner Bros TV Group president Peter Roth said. “Brett’s skills as a top negotiator and strategic business adviser have proven invaluable to the success of Warner Bros Television for nearly 20 years. Together, they form a true creative and business dream team to co-run Warner Horizon Scripted Television and lead the division into the future.” Rovner has been EVP Development, WBTV, since March 2010. She started as the studio as director, drama development and was promoted to VP and then SVP, heading WBTV’s drama department. Paul has been EVP of WBTV since July 2008, serving as the second-highest-ranking business executive. He joined the studio in 1995 as VP Business Affairs.