TNT and TBS have set their creative development and production teams.
Joey Chavez is joining Turner Broadcasting as senior vice president of original programming for TNT. In his role, the former vice president of NBC’s drama development will be responsible for the development of new TNT original series, working with writers, producers and directors on new concepts, scripts and pilots. He will also supervise the continued development of greenlit shows as they are being prepared for launch.
“Joey has an impressive track record of developing high-quality, buzzworthy dramas,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to him bringing those fresh voices and ideas to TNT’s development slate.”
Also, Thom Hinkle has been promoted to senior vice president of original programming for TBS. Hinkle was instrumental in bringing “Daily Show” stars Jason Jones and Samantha Bee to the network recently.
“Thom has been an incredible partner since he started at TBS,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS. “His taste for great material and eye for talent will be the key driver as we push the network into the future. I only wish he wasn’t so mean to me.”
In addition, Robin Pelleck has been elevated to vice president of digital content for TNT & TBS original programming, and “Castle” producer Meredith Zamsky has been hired as vice president of production for TNT.
“Robin brings a great deal of passion, creativity and experience to her job, said Sam Linsky, senior vice president of original programming. “As TBS and TNT continue to expand our multi-platform offerings, Robin is the ideal person to lead the execution of these valuable digital assets.”
“It’s rare to find someone with the wealth of production experience Meredith brings to her new role at TNT and TBS,” said Mark Weissman, senior vice president of production. “She is an incredibly organized and energetic producer and an extremely valuable addition to our team.”
In February, new president of TBS and TNT Kevin Reilly (pictured above) split TBS and TNT’s original programming team into two separate units. At the time, Aubrey came aboard to serve as executive vice president of original programming for TNT.
Weitz was promoted to executive vice president of original programming for TBS, while, Sandra Dewey was named president, TNT and TBS Productions and business affairs, with responsibility for overseeing the business affairs for the two networks and running their expanded in-house production arm.
Turner Broadcasting is a Time Warner Company. TBS, the comedy cable channel, is seen in 96 million homes. TNT, the drama and sports arm, is in 95 million.