Since Bruce Rosenblum took over Legendary Television in 2013, he had been looking to appoint a president of scripted television. He has now brought in veteran TV lit agent Lauren Heller Whitney in that role. The company’s current top scripted executive, EVP Peter Johnson, has extended his contract through 2017 and will now report to Whitney. Whitney reports to Rosenblum, Legendary’s President of Television and Digital Media.
“Lauren’s breadth and quality of experience as a television agent will enable her to quickly, seamlessly and successfully transition into a studio executive,” said Rosenblum.
Whitney is segueing to the top Legendary TV scripted job from a career as a television agent – first at The William Morris Agency and then at WME – since 1998. She represented writers and producers, and specialized in the development of intellectual property. Whitney’s clients included Adam F. Goldberg (Creator and EP of The Goldbergs), Barbie Kligman (EP of Secrets & Lies), Liz Brixius (Co-Creator of Nurse Jackie), Megan Amram (Parks & Rec), Nick Antosca (Hannibal) and Rob Delaney (Co-Creator, star and EP of Catastrophe); as well as authors and journalists including Mary Aiken (the inspiration for CSI: Cyber) and Kathy Reichs (the inspiration for Bones).