Fortson named prod'n chief at Warner Horizon


Veteran Warner Bros. executive Kevin Fortson has been named head of production at Warner Horizon Television, the studio's recently launched division that focuses on lower-budgeted scripted and reality primetime series for cable and broadcast.

Fortson will oversee all aspects of physical production for the Warner Horizon series, including budgeting, scheduling and staffing. He will report to WBTV president Peter Roth, who oversees Warner Horizon.

"We're thrilled to have Kevin join Warner Horizon Television at this important time, with development speeding forward and production on the division's first series in full swing," Roth said. "He is a very talented executive with a wealth of experience and ability to maximize production resources in an ever-changing and challenging business environment."

Fortson most recently was senior vp operations at Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, overseeing the operational activities for all in-house and independent television and feature film productions on the studio's 110-acre lot and adjacent 32-acre ranch facility.

Before that, Fortson spent 11 years at Warner Bros.' Telepictures Prods., most recently serving as senior vp production, where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day production staffs for such first-run syndicated and cable television series as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "The Bachelor" and "Extra."

Fortson's resume also includes stints at Investigative News Group and Genesis Entertainment.