New Horizon(s) for Erwich

Tapped as exec vp at WBTV unit

Veteran Fox executive Craig Erwich has been named executive vp at Warner Horizon Television.

In the newly created position, Erwich will take over all day-to-day operations at Warner Horizon, Warner Bros. TV's division for scripted cable series and reality shows for broadcast and cable, reporting to WBTV president Peter Roth.

He also will ramp up Warner Horizon's broadband and new media efforts to produce Web series through Studio 2.0, Warner Bros. TV Group's digital production and distribution unit, reporting to WGTVG president Bruce Rosenblum.

The move reunites Erwich with Roth. The two worked together at Fox in the 1990s when Roth was president of the network and Erwich was a current executive.

"Craig is an outstanding executive with whom I've worked closely and known for 12 years," Roth said. "The Warner Horizon team has done a remarkable job in the past year, and bringing Craig on board is the next logical step in the expansion of the unit."

At Warner Horizon, Erwich will oversee development and production, shepherding development of new scripted and unscripted series and managing the company's portfolio of existing shows -- cable dramas "State of Mind" and "Side Order of Life" for Lifetime and "Heartland" for TNT as well as reality series "Pussycat Dolls Present" for the CW, "The Bachelor" for ABC and "High School Reunion" for TV Land.

"Craig brings more than 15 years of experience in developing high-quality, hit programming to his role at Warner Horizon, and we look forward to benefiting from his expertise and creative relationships as the division expands into the digital arena," Erwich said.

Erwich resigned from Fox in July as part of the executive shuffle at the network in July that saw Kevin Reilly joining as entertainment president and Peter Liguori being upped to chairman, entertainment.

He worked at Fox for 12 years, most recently as executive vp, programming, overseeing development and current programming.

At the network, he was instrumental in the development of such series such as "24," "House," "Prison Break" and WBTV's "The O.C." Before Fox, he worked in development at Stephen J. Cannell Prods.