Timberman Moves to 25C

Jun 9, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Sarah Timberman is leaving Universal Network Television to put out her own production shingle at Warner Bros. Television.
Ms. Timberman, who has been president of programming for Universal Network Television since June 2001, will call her new venture 25C Productions. The company will focus on developing drama, comedy and reality television programming for fall 2004. Her last day at Universal was Friday, and she starts today at Warner Bros.
“I’ve contemplated making the jump to the producing side for several years but didn’t want to make the move until the stars aligned and the circumstances seemed exactly right,” she said. “Doing this now at Warner Bros. feels exactly right. I have a lot of close friends who have made this move and have never seemed happier. I’m determined to learn those secrets.”
Also leaving Universal to join Ms. Timberman at 25C is Carl Beverly, senior VP of drama programming at Universal Network Television. He will head creative affairs for the new company and will serve as an executive producer on its projects. “He’s become such an integral part of my creative life at Universal that I really can’t imagine doing this without him,” Ms. Timberman said.
David Kissinger, president of Universal Television Productions, said Universal had offered Ms. Timberman, whose contract was up, another contract to stay with the studio. He said her leaving is “by no means an unpleasant parting. We wish her well.”
Universal let Mr. Beverly out of his contract a few months early so he could join 25C. Universal is in discussions with a number of executives to replace Ms. Timberman and expects to fill the position within a few weeks, Mr. Kissinger said. Universal will also be looking for a new senior VP of drama programming.
Ms. Timberman relishes the chance to work on projects with her husband, Ed Redlich, executive producer of the CBS hit “Without a Trace,” whose production company is set up at Warner Bros. She said that although Mr. Redlich won’t write any pilots while he’s producing “Trace” this year, they do intend to collaborate on some projects with which he’ll be involved in a supervisory capacity. “I’m counting on Ed’s close physical proximity alone to rub off on the company in a thousand great ways,” she said. “We’re a short golf cart drive away from each other.”
Universal Television’s future has been the subject of much speculation lately, since its parent company Vivendi announced its intention to sell its entertainment assets, including the TV division. Ms. Timberman said she has loved working at Universal with Mr. Kissinger and that uncertainty over the company’s future did not play into her decision to leave. “On the contrary, it seems like most of the projected scenarios will actually greatly contribute to Universal Television’s continued success,” she said.
Ms. Timberman’s deal was brokered by her attorney Ernie Dell and Creative Artists Agency.