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Peter Roth

Credits: President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group

PETER ROTH was named President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, in May 2013, assuming creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ television production activities worldwide.

In this capacity, Roth serves as President of Warner Bros. Television, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for broadcast network television, cable and on-demand/subscription platforms.

He also has creative oversight of Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures, Shed Media and Warner Bros. International Television Production (producing local versions of Studio-owned programming in territories around the world and developing original local programming on a market-by-market basis), as well as Blue Ribbon Content, the Television Group’s digital studio.

Roth’s acumen for developing and producing successful programming has brought Warner Bros. the distinction of being the most prolific studio in Hollywood during his tenure. He joined the company in March 1999 as President, Warner Bros. Television, assuming oversight of one of the industry’s leading television production companies.

Under Roth’s leadership, Warner Bros. has been the #1 supplier of programming to the U.S. broadcast networks for 14 of his 19 years at the Studio. He expanded his duties in April 2006 to include heading up the then newly created Warner Horizon Television, a separate production entity specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace (Warner Horizon Scripted Television), and primetime reality series for both network and cable (Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), which quickly became an industry leader. In April 2008, Roth was tapped to supervise the Studio’s non-feature animation production activities. As overseer of Warner Bros. Animation, he has ultimate responsibility for animated and live-action series based on animated properties, online/new media animation ventures and direct-to-platform releases for the company.

In 2014, Roth added oversight of Blue Ribbon Content, the Television Group’s production studio for original digital series. As of February 2019, the divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group combined are producing more than 110 programs for the U.S. broadcast networks as well as cable and subscription/on-demand platforms for the 2018–19 television season.

Warner Bros. Television’s broadcast network primetime series include the comedies The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Murphy Brown and Young Sheldon for CBS, as well as the dramas God Friended Me and The Red Line; the action-dramedy Whiskey Cavalier and comedy Splitting Up Together for ABC; dramas Blindspot and Manifest for NBC; dramas Gotham and Lethal Weapon for FOX; and the following dramas for The CW: The 100, All American, Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZOMBIE, Legacies, Riverdale, Roswell, New Mexico, Supergirl and Supernatural, among others.

For cable and the on-demand/streaming marketplace, Warner Bros. Television also produces Demimonde, Lovecraft Country, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Westworld for HBO; AJ and the Queen, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, The Kominsky Method, Lucifer and Madam CJ Walker for Netflix; Castle Rock and Shrill for Hulu; Little Voice and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends for Apple; Shameless for Showtime; plus Doom Patrol, Stargirl, Swamp Thing and Titans for the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service.

Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s series are Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT; David Makes Man and Queen Sugar or OWN; Fuller House and You for Netflix; Krypton for SYFY; Pennyworth for EPIX; Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists for Freeform and The Right Stuff for National Geographic.

Warner Bros. Animation’s slate includes series such as Animaniacs for Hulu; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, Thunder Cats Roar and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes, Wacky Races and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs for Boomerang; the Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts program; and both Harley Quinn and Young Justice for the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service.

WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. Thus far during Roth’s tenure at the Studio, 29 scripted primetime series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone: 2 Broke Girls, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory (250+episodes), The Closer, Cold Case, The Flash, Fringe, George Lopez, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Gotham (in 2018–19), Major Crimes, The Mentalist (151 episodes), The Middle (200+ episodes), Mike & Molly, Mom, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill (188 episodes), Person of Interest, Pretty Little Liars, Rizzoli & Isles, Shameless, Smallville (218 episodes), Supernatural (300+ episodes), Third Watch, Two and a Half Men (262 episodes), The Vampire Diaries, The West Wing (156 episodes) and Without a Trace (160 episodes).

Also notable was the 300th episode of the acclaimed drama series ER, which was in its fifth season when Roth arrived at the Studio and which continued on for an additional 10 years, concluding a highly successful 15-year run in April 2009.

Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s series include The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and The Proposal for ABC; Ellen’s Game of Games, Little Big Shots and The Voice for NBC; Million Dollar Mile and The World’s Best for CBS; Love Connection and Mental Samurai for FOX; and Shut Up and Dribble for Showtime, among others.

The Telepictures series slate includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Love Connection (produced in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), OBJECTified, The People’s Court, Raq Rants, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports.

Series produced by Shed Media include Criminal Confessions and License to Kill for Oxygen, Glam Masters for Lifetime, the Long Lost Family franchise and Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC, Mexican Dynasties and The Real Housewives of New York City for Bravo, and Warriors of Liberty City for Starz, among others.

Blue Ribbon Content’s live-action productions include the movies Daphne and Velma for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and The Banana Splits for WBHE and SYFY, the comedy Beerfest: Thirst for Victory for CW Seed, Spring Hill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series Best Shot for YouTube Red, and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy Now We’re Talking, Golden Revenge and the feature-length comedy Good Girls Get High. Animated BRC programs include Constantine: City of Demons and Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, as well as Ginger Snaps for ABC Digital.

In recognition of his career accomplishments, Roth was honored as one of the 2008 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees, presented by NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) at its annual Conference & Exhibition. He was also named the 2008 Television Showman of the Year at the ICG 45th Annual Publicists Awards.

Roth came to Warner Bros. Television after having served as President, FOX Entertainment, since September 1996. While there, he was responsible for the development and programming of the Emmy®Award–winning Ally McBeal, That ’70s Show and Family Guy.

Prior to working at the network, he joined Twentieth Television Corp. in June 1992, when he was named President of Production at Twentieth Network Television (currently 20th Century Fox Television Productions). In June 1993, he was promoted to President of Twentieth Network Television and became President of 20th Century Fox Television in June 994. While there, he was responsible for shepherding what was then the most successful pilot-selling season in the history of that studio, with 10 pilots picked up for production during the 1996–97 television season. His series productions include The X-Files, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, The Practice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Millennium and King of the Hill.

Prior to joining Twentieth Television Corp., Roth was President of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where, during a six-year tenure, he was involved with the creation and sale of such critically acclaimed series as 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and The Commish.

Roth spent 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he began his television career in 1976 as Manager of Children’s Programs. He was promoted that same year to Director and was responsible for ABC’s number one–rated Saturday morning schedule. In June 1979, he was named Director of Current Primetime Programs and was promoted to Vice President, Current Primetime Series, in November 1981, overseeing such classic shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Moonlighting and Dynasty.

A native of Larchmont, New York, Roth attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 1972.

He resides in Brentwood, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their two children.

All Sessions By Peter Roth

Conversation With: Toby Emmerich and Peter Roth
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:30 - 10:45 AM