The shelf-life for executives at Universal Television has been short lately, with the latest casualty being Russell Rothberg, the studio’s executive VP of drama development. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Rothberg’s last day at the company was Thursday.
“Sources say Rothberg, whose contract was due to expire in March 2017, was planning to leave then but given the studio’s new regime, opted to exit early given the restructuring ahead of the upcoming buying season. The split is said to be amicable,” THR reports.
Rothberg, who joined the studio in 2009, had a hand in the development of a number of shows including A&E’s “Bates Motel” and NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”