Warner Horizon Chief Craig Erwich to Depart

The man whose studio produces "Longmire," "The Bachelor" and "The Voice" has not renewed his contract and will depart in March.
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Craig Erwich is out at Warner Horizon.

The executive atop Warner Bros.' lower-cost offshoot has not renewed his contract and will depart when his current deal expires in March, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. During his seven-year run with the studio, which is focused on scripted cable offerings and broadcast reality, he added programming that ranged from TNT hit Rizzoli & Isles to NBC juggernaut The Voice. 

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The news of his departure comes half a year after the Warner Bros. TV division was reshuffled, with Erwich now reporting to the famously hands-on reality vet Mike Darnell on all unscripted efforts. Erwich continued to report to TV chief Peter Roth on matters of scripted programming, which also included A&E's Longmire and TNT's Dallas

Erwich came to Warner in late 2007 by way of Fox, where he was a top development executive. At that time, Warner Horizon had been in existence for only a year and a half, and had taken control on production for The Bachelor. During his 12-year tenure at Fox, he had a hand in the early stages of such shows as 24, House and The O.C. He left as the No. 2 creative executive at the broadcast net.

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