Warner Bros. TV ups Susan Rovner

Promotion makes her the top development exec under Roth

Susan Rovner
Warner Bros. TV veteran Susan Rovner has been promoted to executive vp development, serving as president Peter Roth's top development executive.

Rovner, who was senior vp drama development and head of the studio's drama department, succeeds Leonard Goldstein.

Goldstein said last week that he will step down in June to serve as head of television at Fake Empire, the new WBTV-based production company formed by writer-producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.

In her new position, Rovner will oversee the division's drama and comedy development teams, reporting to Roth.

Roth, who has worked with Rovner for more than 10 years, called her "a highly talented collaborator with impeccable taste in material and a breadth and depth of relationships with top creative talent."

As senior vp and head of drama development, a position she held since 2002, Rovner oversaw the development of such WBTV series as "The Mentalist," "Fringe," "V," "The Closer," "The Vampire Diaries," "Gossip Girl," "Nip/Tuck," "One Tree Hill," "Supernatural" and "Human Target."

Rovner joined WBTV in 1998 as director of drama development and was upped to vp in 2001. During that time, she helped develop "Cold Case," "The O.C." and "Everwood."
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