The CW's Thom Sherman Promoted to Head of Development

Thom Sherman

New chief Mark Pedowitz ups the former executive vice president of drama development.

In his first public move since taking over as president of the CW last week, Mark Pedowitz has promoted Thom Sherman.

The former executive vice president of drama development will now assume the role of executive vice president, development. Sherman will oversee the development of all network programming, including both scripted and non-scripted series. He will report to Pedowitz, with drama and alternative development execs reporting to him.

“Thom is talented and a well respected programming executive. I have known him for a very long time and worked closely with him recently when we developed a script with him this season at the CW, so I know how good he is,” Pedowitz told The Hollywood Reporter the day he took the gig.

The announcement was expected, particularly given the pair’s history.

The long-time friends worked together at ABC, where Sherman headed the drama department for five years. From there, Sherman jumped to J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot Productions, which was based at what is now ABC Studios and run by Pedowitz at the time.

He joined the CW in June of 2006, spearheading the development of current series The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Nikita and Hellcats.

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