Schwartz, Savage tap Goldstein as TV head

Exec leaving WBTV to join duo's new production company


Warner Bros. Television's executive vp creative affairs Leonard Goldstein is leaving the studio after 13 years to become head of television at Fake Empire, the newly launched production company of writer-producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

Goldstein will make the transition in June, after the end of the current pilot season.

At Fake Empire, Goldstein will oversee development and current programming and will executive produce new series alongside Schwartz and Savage.

Schwartz first met Goldstein when he sold him his second pilot, "Wall to Wall Records," with their shared love for music playing a big part in making the deal.

"From that point on, there was no one else (on the studio side) I would ever sell shows to," Schwartz said.

Savage's first experience working with Goldstein was on "Fastlane," co-produced by Wonderland, which she ran with McG.

"We bonded over our love for fast cars and loose women," Savage quipped.

When Schwartz and Savage decided to launch a production company, Goldstein was "the only person that we would imagine working with," Schwartz said. "He has run drama and comedy at the biggest TV studio. He has expertise and relationships that are far superior to ours or anyone else's."

Goldstein has been executive vp creative affairs since 2004, overseeing WBTV's comedy and drama development teams. Series developed during his tenure include "Two and a Half Men," "The Vampire Diaries" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Goldstein also helped develop original Internet series for TheWB.com, including Schwartz's "Rockville CA" as well as "Childrens' Hospital."

He previously served as senior vp comedy development and as senior vp drama development.

"Len has made extraordinary contributions to the success of Warner Bros. TV," studio president Peter Roth said, adding that "collectively, (Schwartz, Savage and Goldstein) will make a very creative and powerful producing team."

While he had been looking to go back to producing, Goldstein said it was important to him to remain at WBTV.
"We look forward to contributing new series and continuing what has been a terrific relationship for all of us," he said.

It is not unusual for high-level TV studio executives to leave their posts and join the production company of a top writer-producers based at the studio. In 2008, ABC Studios' head of drama Morgan Wandell stepped down to run Greg Berlanti's Berlanti TV.
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