Turner vet Patrick Kelly has been promoted to EVP of business affairs for TBS and TNT. He is based in Los Angeles and reports to Sandra Dewey, president of TNT and TBS Productions and business affairs for Turner Broadcasting System.
As head of the business affairs unit for TBS and TNT, Kelly oversees the day-to-day deal making behind the brands’ original programming. He also oversees co-productions between the two networks and Turner International, as well as international distribution and worldwide home video of TBS and TNT’s wholly owned programming. Kelly works closely with Dewey to formulate the business plans and strategy for the networks’ in-house studios. He is also a member of TBS and TNT’s senior executive team, with day-to-day oversight of the original programming group.
“It is a pleasure to announce Pat’s well-earned advancement within our organization,” said Dewey. “Pat is recognized both internally at Turner and across the television community as the gold standard of professional and smart deal making. Even after many years with Turner, he continues to be a rising star. As the television business continues to shape-shift at a rapid pace, Pat’s contributions to the strategy and business management of our original programming are more valued than ever. We are delighted to include him as an important member of our senior leadership team.”
Kelly joined Turner Entertainment’s business affairs department in 2002. During his tenure, he has handled business affairs for all original entertainment productions for TNT and TBS, including the hit TNT dramas The Last Ship, Falling Skies; TNT’s upcoming The Alienist and TBS’s upcoming Angie Tribeca, The Detour and Wrecked. He has also supervised business affairs for such unscripted series as TNT’s Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, as well as TBS’s new series Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman.