Gough Wehrenberg joins WBTV
Ex-NBC exec becomes senior vp comedy developmentVeteran NBC comedy and current executive Erin Gough Wehrenberg has joined Warner Bros. TV as senior vp comedy development.
Gough Wehrenberg, who exited as the No. 2 executive at Universal Media Studios as part of an NBC executive shake-up in December, will run day-to-day operations of WBTV's comedy department, reporting to executive vp creative affairs Len Goldstein.
Gough Wehrenberg, who starts Aug. 1, will fill a position that had been vacant since WBTV's previous head of comedy, senior vp Marianne Cracchiolo Mago, left the entertainment business in 2007.
For the past two years, WBTV's comedy development efforts were spearheaded by Goldstein with the help of vps comedy Lisa Lang and Wendy Steinhoff-Baldikoski, who will work under Gough Wehrenberg.
Gough Wehrenberg spent 13 years at NBC Entertainment and sister production company UMS, most recently as executive vp at UMS, where she oversaw comedy development and current programming for comedy and drama series until UMS merged with NBC in December.
From 2004-08, Gough Wehrenberg worked in series programming at NBC Entertainment, rising to executive vp current series. She supervised such shows as "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes," "My Name Is Earl," "The Office" and "Medium."
Before that, she was vp comedy development at the network.
"We loved working with Erin as a buyer and creative partner at the network, and we've seen firsthand her strong working relationships with talent and her great taste in material," Goldstein said.
WBTV's comedy development team landed two new half-hour series on the fall schedule: "Hank" and "The Middle" at ABC.