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Roth Re-Ups With Warner Bros. TV, Launches Warner Horizon

Apr 27, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Peter Roth has signed a long-term deal extending his tenure as president of Warner Bros. Television, while expanding his duties to include oversight of the newly created Warner Horizon Television. Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group, made the announcement Thursday.

The company is establishing Warner Horizon as a separate television operation designed to create lower-budget scripted and reality prime-time series for network and cable.

Mr. Roth joined Warner Bros. Television as president in March 1999. The No. 1 supplier of prime-time network series for 16 of the last 19 television seasons, under Mr. Roth’s tenure the studio has produced “The West Wing,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Without a Trace,” “The O.C.,” “Cold Case,” “Veronica Mars,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville,” “George Lopez,” “Supernatural,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Nip/Tuck,” as well as the continuation of veteran “ER.”

Prior to Warner Bros. Television, Roth was president of Fox Broadcasting, where he was responsible for the development and programming of “Ally McBeal,” “That ’70s Show,” “Family Guy” and “King of the Hill.” He also held posts as president of 20th Century Fox Television and president of production at Twentieth Television, where he oversaw “Picket Fences,” “The X-Files,” “The Practice,” “Chicago Hope” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Before working at Twentieth, Mr. Roth was president of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where, during a six-year tenure, he was involved with the creation and sale of “21 Jump Street,” “Wiseguy” and “The Commish.” He began his television career at ABC, where he was a manager and director of children’s programming before becoming a current executive for prime-time programming.