Susan Rovner, Brett Paul Named Co-Presidents at Warner Horizon
Warner Horizon Scripted Television has tapped Susan Rovner and Brett Paul to co-presidents.
Under the move, the executives will add oversight of original scripted cable programming to their ongoing creative and business responsibilities at Warner Bros. Television. Rovner and Paul will continue to report to Peter Roth, president and chief content officer at Warner Bros. Television Group.
Rovner will continue in her role as exec vp development at WNTV and will now also be directly responsible for spearheading development and programming of the studio's scripted TV series for cable.
Paul will maintain his position as exec vp at WBTV where he serves as the division's top business, operations and production executive. He'll now assume formal oversight for all business operations, including production, business and legal affairs, operations, finance and administration for the cable production unit.
"Susan is one of the brightest and most accomplished development executives in the entertainment industry, possessing outstanding creative judgment and the innate ability to elicit an artist’s best work through collaboration," Roth said in a statement Monday announcing the news. "Brett’s skills as a top negotiator and strategic business advisor have proven invaluable to the success of Warner Bros. Television for nearly 20 years. Together, they form a true creative and business dream team to co-run Warner Horizon Scripted Television and lead the division into the future.
As we looked at our business, with more and more of our creative talent working in both broadcast and cable, it made perfect sense to align all of our primetime scripted development and operational activities under the supervision of these two talented executives. In nearly eight years, Warner Horizon Scripted Television has been highly successful and a leader in the cable marketplace, and we look forward to continued and sustained growth in this area with Susan and Brett at the helm."
Warner Horizon Scripted Television produces series including ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, TNT's Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas as well as TBS' Ground Floor.
In co-running Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Rovner and Paul succeed Craig Erwich, who served as the division's exec vp since November 2007. Rovner has been exec vp development at WBTV since March 2010. She has had a hand in developing Person of Interest, The Following, Arrow, Suburgatory and Believe, among others. Before she was promoted to her current post, Rovner served as WBTV senior vp drama development, where she helped develop The Mentalist, The Vampire Diaries, the Closer, Gossip Girl, Fringe, One Tree Hill and Nip/Tuck, among others.
For his part, Paul has been exec vp at WBTV since July 2008. As the second-highest-ranking business exec within that division, Paul worked closely with Roth and has had direct oversight of the division's physical production, financial, business and legal affairs as well as administrative department. He has structured and/or overseen some of the studio's highest-profile licensing agreement, covering series including The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Two and a Half Men, Arrow, Shameless, The Voice, The bachelor as well as HBO's upcoming drama The Leftovers, among others. Paul has also been a key player in the structure of overall deals for top producers including Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti, Jerry Bruckheimer, Damon Lindelof and John Wells, among others. He's also had key roles in talent deals for the cast of Big Bang Theory, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer's Two and a Half Men pacts, The Mentalist's Simon Baker and Mike & Molly's Melissa McCarthy, among others.