5:06pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Legendary TV Adds WME Vet Lauren Heller Whitney
Veteran TV agent Lauren Heller Whitney is joining Legendary TV.
The WME alum will serve as the president of scripted television, where she will oversee the continued expansion of Legendary’s television studio and report to Bruce Rosenblum, the company's president of television and digital media.
Current executive vice president of scripted development, Peter Johnson, has extended his contract through 2017, and will report to Whitney as he continues to head scripted development for Legendary.
"We are thrilled to have Lauren join our team," said Rosenblum. "Her breadth and quality of experience as a television agent will enable her to quickly, seamlessly and successfully transition into a studio executive. Lauren's ability to identify and develop talent and material within the industry makes her a perfect match for our division."
Whitney added: "Thomas Tull, Bruce Rosenblum and Peter Johnson have laid the foundation for a strong and dynamic independent television studio. I can’t wait to help shape the continued expansion of Legendary Television, and am well-prepared for the challenge after many years of working with the brilliant minds at WME."
Whitney had been a television agent since 1988, first at The William Morris Agency and then at WME. In addition to representing writers and producers, she specialized in the development of intellectual property, including literary and life rights. Her clients included Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs), Barbie Kligman (Secrets & Lies), Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie), Megan Amram (Parks & Rec), Nick Antosca (Hannibal) and Rob Delaney (Catastrophe). She also repped authors and journalists, like Mary Aiken, the inspiration for CSI: Cyber, and Kathy Reichs, the inspiration for BONES.
Legendary Television, which launched in 2013, has two series in preproduction — a co-production with Universal Cable Productions, Colony, which USA Network recently picked up to series, and the two season order for the Netflix original series, LOVE, from creators Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin. They also recently announced development on Carnival Row, a project from Guillermo del Toro and Rene Echevarria for Amazon.