WBTV shuffle means business

Studio vets Paul, Palladino upped as prod'n, operational duties shift

Warner Bros. Television is realigning its production and operations management team with the elevation of studio veterans Brett Paul and Sue Palladino.

Paul has been named executive vp, a newly created position in which he will serve as the studio's top business executive, overseeing production, business affairs, legal, finance and operations.

Palladino has been upped to executive vp production, succeeding Judith Zaylor, who recently announced her retirement from the company.

Since January 2006, Paul has served as executive vp business affairs, operations and finance, overseeing business, legal and financial affairs, financial affairs, administration and operations. In his new position, he adds oversight of WBTV's physical production activities to his responsibilities. He will continue to report to WBTV president Peter Roth.

In her new position, Palladino will be responsible for day-to-day production operations on primetime series, telefilms and miniseries. Most recently senior vp business affairs, Palladino will continue to report to Paul.

"Brett's combination of brilliant negotiating skills and creative business acumen makes him the perfect executive to take on oversight of our production activities," Roth said. "Sue brings nearly 30 years of production and business management experience to the job as our day-to-day head of production."

Since joining WBTV in 1995 as vp business affairs, Paul has risen through the ranks to executive vp business affairs before taking on expanded responsibilities the past couple of years. He has acted as a key negotiator for many of the studio's highest-profile deals with networks and talent.

Palladino joined WBTV as vp business affairs in 1999 and last year was promoted to senior vp. Before that, she spent 20 years at Witt-Thomas-Harris Prods. (partialdiff)