Warner Bros. Television Group chairman Peter Roth will step down from his studio role in early 2021.
Roth joined the company in March 1999 as president of Warner Bros. Television. During his more than two decades in the studio’s television production business, he oversaw the development of 32 scripted primetime series, including The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and The West Wing. Roth was also responsible for closing numerous landmark overall deals with producers such as Chuck Lorre, Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay, and Mindy Kaling, among many others.
Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, commented, “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.”
Sarnoff continued, “He’s delivered hundreds of shows, thousands of episodes, millions of viewers, with one singular vision – to work with the best people and to make the best television series. In addition to being well respected by his colleagues and competitors, actors, writers, directors and producers, he is the force behind iconic, pop-culture-defining television shows we all know and love, including The West Wing, The Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls, Two And A Half Men, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, The Flash and countless others. We’re thankful for his contributions to our company and wish him the very best.”
Roth added, “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. 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. I’m grateful to Ann Sarnoff for giving me that opportunity and to my Warner Bros. colleagues, past and present, for giving me what has been the gift of a lifetime. I look forward to the next chapter of my career and remaining connected to those people who have meant so much to me.”