WBTV President Rowner said in the new NBCU format announced last month that NBCU is stepping out of the studio for top entertainment programming jobs and in advanced negotiations. Over the past few weeks she has slowly emerged as the leading candidate for the post and has been engaged in exit conversations with Warner Bros. about 10 days ago.
The negotiations weren’t easy – Rovner had been in his current contract for a few years, and he was heavily fact-cutting in plans for the studio’s future as Peter Roth’s successor emerged. Warner Bros. TV Group President and Chief Content Officer, who has been instructed to handle them when he is expected to retire at the end of his current contract at the end of 2021. Leaving Rowner makes it a gaping hole in subsequent plans.
NBC Universal was aggressively pursuing Rowner for the job – overseeing all the original entertainment programming for NBC, the cable entertainment network and Moore, and reporting to Mark Lassarus.
Rowner and WBTV President Brett Paul, who oversees all major deals, jointly manage the day-to-day management of all scripted TV programming developed and produced by the studio, with a total of over 60 current original series, 60% of which are SVOD platforms / Cable network. Rowner has personally developed or monitored the development of 18 series that have reached the 100-episode target.
Asked by Deadline about Rowner’s future on WBTV last Thursday, Ann Warner, chief of Warnermedia Studios and Networks, said: Said, “I can’t comment on speculation or rumors.”
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