Peter Roth Signs New Long-Term Deal at Warner Bros. Television Giving Him Oversight of Both WBTV and a Newly Created Television Arm
April 26, 2006, Peter Roth, one of the most successful and highly respected executives working in television today, has signed a long-term deal extending his tenure as President, Warner Bros. Television, while expanding his duties to include oversight of the newly created Warner Horizon Television, a separate television operation designed to create lower-budget scripted and reality primetime series for network and cable. These announcements were made today by Bruce Rosenblum, President, Warner Bros. Television Group.
“Peter’s track record at Warner Bros. Television really speaks for itself, not just in the quantity of successful shows he’s launched, but more importantly, in the quality of the series created under his leadership,” said Rosenblum. "To say that we’re absolutely thrilled that Peter will be with us for many, many more years would be a gross understatement. He is truly the best in class. His creative instincts and execution, as well as his relationships with people both in front of and behind the cameras, from the writers’ rooms to the network boardrooms, are unmatched.
“As the television business continues to change and business models evolve, Warner Horizon Television will enable us to take more creative risks,” continued Rosenblum. “We’re incredibly excited about the prospect of this new television arm at the Studio and know that it couldn’t be in better hands than Peter’s.”
Roth joined Warner Bros. Television as its President in March 1999 and has maintained the company’s position as the industry’s preeminent producer of award winning primetime television series. In addition to being the most prolific television studio in Hollywood the last three years, WBTV has been the leading supplier of primetime series 16 of the last 19 television seasons. For the 2005-06 season, WBTV placed 33 series on the primetime schedule, including a record 17 returning series, 11 new series and five midseason series. During his tenure, Roth has been responsible for such series as the multiple Emmy Award winning The West Wing, Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, The O.C., Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Smallville, George Lopez, Supernatural, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Nip/Tuck and The Closer, as well as the successful continuation of such series as Friends and ER.
Prior to Warner Bros. Television, Roth served as President, Fox Broadcasting Company. There, he was responsible for the development and programming of the Emmy Award-winning Ally McBeal, That ’70s Show, Family Guy and King of the Hill. He also held posts as President of 20th Century Fox Television, President of Twentieth Network Television (currently 20th Century Fox Television), and President of Production at Twentieth Network Television, where he oversaw such hits as the multiple Emmy Award winning Picket Fences, The X-Files, The Practice, Chicago Hope and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Before working at Twentieth, Roth was President of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where, during a six-year tenure, he was involved with the creation and sale of such critically acclaimed series as 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and The Commish.
Roth he began his television career at the ABC Television Network in children’s programming where he served as both a manager and later a director before moving into current programming where held both director and vice president posts.
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