Klein, Hirsch earn vp stripes at CW


The CW has beefed up its programming and development teams with the appointments of Joanna Klein and Gaye Hirsch to vp posts.

Klein has been named vp drama development, while Hirsch has been tapped vp current programming.

In her new role, Klein will be involved with all aspects of developing new drama series for the network, reporting to Thom Sherman, CW's executive vp drama development. Klein was vp development and current programming at Regency Television, where she worked on FX's "Thief" and NBC's "Windfall."

"(Klein is) a confident, funny, unflappable person, as well as being a terrific executive with all the requisite attributes: great with material, a keen eye for talent and well-liked and respected in the creative community," Sherman said.

Meanwhile, Hirsch will oversee day-to-day production and act as liaison between the network and producers on various primetime series, reporting to Michael Roberts, CW's executive vp current programming. Hirsch had been a senior executive at Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's Cruise/Wagner Prods., where she was a producer on the films "Shattered Glass" and "Suspect Zero."

"In a TV world which is increasingly about big, new ideas, Gaye's feature film experience at both a studio and a major production company made her an ideal candidate to make the crossover to series television," Roberts said.

Before Cruise/Wagner, Hirsch was vp production at HBO Films, where she supervised the development and production of such films as "Gia" and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."

Klein's resume also includes serving as vp development and production at Lionsgate, where she was involved with such series as USA Network's "The Dead Zone" and Showtime's "Weeds."