The sweeping Time Warner layoffs have reached the CW. The network’s SVP alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas is exiting the network as her position is being eliminated, one of several being cut at the network. I hear none of the others are in programming. I hear the cuts are part of the ongoing layoffs at Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Entertainment, which co-owns the CW with CBS.
Vadas was one of two alternative executives at the CW, leading the network’s unscripted efforts since previous CW top unscripted executive Jennifer Bresnan left for CBS in 2008. She had been working alongside Justin Rosenblatt, who will now oversee the CW’s alternative programs by himself. He has been at the network since 2007, rising through the ranks to SVP earlier this year.
The CW has not had a homegrown reality hit since America’s Next Top Model, which originated at the network’s predecessor UPN. The CW has recently found success with the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which was orchestrated by the CW president Mark Pedowitz, and got traction with two magic-themed acquired series, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters Of Illusion. The CW is now making original episodes of Penn & Teller as well as new seasons of Top Model and Whose Line, productions that Rosenblatt oversees.