Time Spent in L.A.: 85%
Helped build one network (Fox), and now another (The WB)… Current programming is sizzling with teen-age-driven shows (“7th Heaven,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Darling of Madison Avenue, due to drawing power of well-branded shows. (“He’s got the magic,” one adman raves) Also a power within parent Time Warner Inc. Complained publicly that head of Warner Bros. Television hadn’t developed any hits for The WB, prompting studio to dump the TV chief.
Began TV career in 1986 at Fox A year later named president of Fox Television While there, was involved in developing “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place” and “The X-Files” Created Fox Net, in which cable operators transmit Fox programming in markets where Fox did not have affiliate.
Quit Fox in 1993 to launch The WB, a joint venture of Warner Bros., Tribune Co. and Kellner. Early career involved seven years at Orion Pictures Prior to that, vice president in charge of first-run programming and sales at Viacom Enterprises.
Time Spent in L.A.: 98%
One of the first executives hired by Jamie Kellner and Garth Ancier to program The WB At 29, was named head of prime-time series for the weblet Today runs every aspect of development and production for all prime-time programming Attracts young feature film writers and producers to the network and works with them to develop their first TV series Collaborations include Joss “Toy Story” Whedon, who created “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Kevin “Scream” Williamson, who produced “Dawson’s Creek” Foray into features continues this fall with former Columbia Pictures Chairman Mark Canton producing a one-hour romantic comedy, “Jack & Jill.”
Brought together “Mad About You” writer Brenda Hampton and producer Aaron Spelling for “7th Heaven,” The WB’s highest-rated series Harvard grad First job was as assistant to Lorne Michaels, creator of “Saturday Night Live.”