16 OCT 2020

WARNER BROS. TV CHAIRMAN PETER ROTH TO STEP DOWN IN 2021

Veteran television executive Peter Roth will leave his job as Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group in 2021, the AT&T Inc-owned studio said in a statement.

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Veteran television executive Peter Roth will leave his job as Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group in 2021, the AT&T Inc-owned studio said in a statement. Roth, who has worked at Warner for 22 years, oversaw development of several hit shows including “The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Gossip Girl.”

“Working at Warner Bros. has been the greatest, most meaningful, most rewarding experience of my career. For the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to be associated with some of the most inspiring creative talent, the most impactful television series and the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever known,”  Roth said in a statement. “It has long been my dream to be able to say farewell at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason,” he added.

His upcoming departure will further a wholesale changing of the guard at the company. Since the Warner Bros. studio, premium channel HBO and the Turner TV channels were acquired by AT&T in 2018, there has been an exodus of top executive talent. Warner Bros. said Roth’s departure has been in the works for several months.

“Peter and I have been meeting for some time about this, and while there’s never a great moment to say goodbye, he felt that this was the right time to transition in a new leader for the group. He’s delivered hundreds of shows, thousands of episodes and millions of viewers, with one singular vision — to work with the best people and to make the best television series. We’re thankful for his contributions to our company and wish him the very best,”  commented Ann Sarnoff, Chairman and Chief Executive of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group.

Sarnoff stopped short of naming a replacement, although the studio has been said to be looking for a younger generation of leadership.

It has long been my dream to be able to say farewell at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason” Peter Roth