Dewey adds to role at Turner


Sandra Dewey, who has been senior vp original programming at TBS and TNT since 2004, has added Court TV and Turner Classic Movies to her responsibilities in her new position as senior vp original programming at Turner Entertainment Networks.

In her expanded role, Dewey will continue to be responsible for the business affairs for all original programming for TBS and TNT, including original series, limited series and specials, while adding responsibility for original ventures on TCM and Court TV and original content for all four networks' digital extensions.

In addition, Dewey has tapped Michael Lanzillotta as vp business affairs at Court TV, handling the day-to-day business-unit management for the network. Lanzillotta was vp and senior counsel for business and legal affairs at VH1, MTV Networks and Viacom International. He will be based in New York, reporting to Dewey.

Dewey, based in Los Angeles, reports to Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin.

"Sandra is an expert at forming great business partnerships that result in critically acclaimed, award-winning, highly popular original programming," Koonin said. "Whether it's a deal with Steven Spielberg, Holly Hunter, Ridley Scott, Stephen King or Kyra Sedgwick, her extraordinary work allows us attract the very best talent the industry has to offer."

At Turner, Dewey has worked closely with Michael Wright, senior vp in charge of Turner Entertainment Networks' Content Creation Group, who oversees creative decisions for the networks' originals. She has overseen the business affairs and production for TNT and TBS originals, including TNT's hit drama series "The Closer." She also arranged the deals for two TNT dramas premiering in the summer -- "Saving Grace" and "Heartland" -- as well as TBS' upcoming comedy "The Bill Engvall Show" and Frank Caliendo's late-night sketch comedy series.

Dewey also works on the collaboration between TBS and HBO for the annual Comedy Festival as well as the programming that emerges from that event.

Dewey, a 14-year Turner veteran, also has served in the Warner Bros. legal affairs division and as senior counselor for Turner Pictures' legal affairs department. Before that, she was an associate at the law firm Greenberg Glusker, where she worked closely with Bert Fields.