After climbing the executive ladder at Telepictures for the past 20 years, the company’s EVP creative affairs Lisa Hackner is leaving the executive ranks for a career as a producer. She will stay at Warner Bros.-owned Telepictures with a producing deal. Hackner most recently oversaw the launch of Telepictures’ latest first-run series, talk show Anderson. Telepictures president Hilary Estey McLoughlin is launching a search for Hackner’s immediately. Here are statements from McLoughlin:

Lisa has been my right hand and played an integral part in Telepictures’ enduring success. She is one of the most talented and creative executives in our business and has always been a hands on executive with a real passion for producing. I am thrilled that she will bring her extraordinary talents to this new producing role and Telepictures will continue to benefit in the years ahead.

and Hackner:

I started at Telepictures as the receptionist out of college and have stayed now for over 20 years.  I’ve really grown up here and have had the great luxury of  working with incredible professionals, including my mentor, Hilary Estey McLoughlin.  Over the years, I have spent a lot of time in the trenches with our producers and often thought about transitioning into a more hands-on role.  I feel so fortunate that Warner Bros. believes in my ability and supports my desire to develop and produce my own projects .  With the entertainment business changing so rapidly, I am excited about the varying opportunities to create compelling content for syndication and beyond, including both traditional and non-traditional outlets.