Janollari back to producing at Warners TV


David Janollari is staging a double comeback -- returning to his producing roots and to Warner Bros. TV where he spent six years as an executive in the 1990s.

Janollari, who most recently served as WB Network's last entertainment president, has inked a two-year overall deal with WBTV and Warner Horizon to develop projects though his newly launched production company.

"I am excited to be here, at Warner Bros., and to be back in the business, and I'm looking forward to a really good run," Janollari said.

The pact officially starts in June, but Janollari is already setting up shop and looking to hire a development executive for his yet-to-be-named company.

"David has amazing creative instincts and a very impressive track record both as a producer, as well as an executive," said WBTV president Peter Roth. "We are delighted that he is returning to the Warner Bros. Television family."

Janollari had a six-year executive tenure at WBTV, ascending to executive vp creative affairs. He was a key player in bringing "Friends" creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane and "The Drew Carey Show" star Drew Carey to the studio and oversaw the development of such comedy series as "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "Suddenly Susan."

Janollari most recently took time off, after leaving WB in January 2006, following the announcement that the network was folding.

"I traveled, read books instead of scripts and detached myself from the business," he said. "Now I'm refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to have this opportunity to work as a producer, returning to a part of my career that I enjoyed for eight years."

During Janollari's eight-year stint with producing partner Robert Greenblatt, the duo's company shepherded such series as HBO's "Six Feet Under," UPN's "Eve" and "One on One," PBS" "American Family" as well as the CBS miniseries "Elvis."

"I know it pains David greatly to stop traveling the world and start working again, but I couldn't be happier that he's going to be producing again," said Greenblatt, who is now entertainment president at Showtime. "There's no more passionate, dedicated, or talented producer out there and I look forward to working with him again as soon as possible."

Greenblatt and Janollari may cross paths soon as Janollari is planning to develop scripted series for the broadcast networks through WBTV as well as reality and cable projects through Warner Horizon, which is also overseen by Roth.