Warner Bros. TV has set a new primetime scripted program development team, with Clancy Collins-White promoted to executive vice president, drama development, while Adrienne Turner has been named senior vice president, head of comedy development.
Additionally, WBTV promoted creative executives Maddy Horne and Odetta Watkins to executive vice president positions in current programming, as part of a newly created structure for the department. Horne will oversee current programming for broadcast network series and Watkins supervising series for premium cable channels and on-demand/streaming platforms.
In her new role, Collins-White will continue to spearhead the development of dramatic series for all platforms. Collins-White and her team developed four upcoming series on broadcast next season: The CW’s “Batwoman” and “Katy Keene”; Fox’s “Prodigal Son” and CBS’ “All Rise.” Upcoming non-broadcast drama series include “Watchmen” for HBO; “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” and “Madam CJ Walker” for Netflix; and Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” revival.
Collins-White had served as senior vice president, drama development, since 2010.
Turner will now oversee the creation of new half-hour series, and she will manage WBTV’s comedy development team. Current comedies produced by WBTV include “Young Sheldon,” “Mom” and the upcoming “Bob ♥ Abishola” for CBS, “The Kominsky Method” and the upcoming “AJ and The Queen” for Netflix, “Little Voice” for Apple TV+ and “Shrill” for Hulu. Turner, who has been vice president of comedy development since 2010, succeeds Erin Wehrenberg in this role.
Horne will oversee a team charged with managing all creative aspects of on-going programs for the five broadcast networks. As of June 2019, WBTV is producing more than 20 scripted broadcast network shows. Watkins, meanwhile, will oversee WBTV’s non-broadcast series. Horne and Watkins succeed the recently retired Melinda Hage as co-heads of current programming. She joined the company in 2010 as vice president, current programming, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2016. Watkins joined WBTV in 2002 as director, current programming, and was promoted to vice president in 2010 and senior vice president in 2016.
“Clancy, Adrienne, Maddy and Odetta are all outstanding creative executives who have made invaluable contributions to the success of Warner Bros. Television. The lifeblood of any studio is generating compelling programming, and then keeping it relevant for fans and viable for buyers for many years to come,” WBTV president Susan Rovner said. “Clancy and Adrienne have helped develop some of our most successful shows, skillfully nurturing creative ideas, and giving our valued artists a platform to make their voices heard and to express themselves through their work. Maddy and Odetta have expertly collaborated with our talented producers, supporting their on-going vision and helping them to deliver their best, undeniable work every week, in an increasingly competitive environment. I am so excited to have this team in place to lead WBTV into the future.”
The moves follow Rovner and Brett Paul’s promotions last month to Warner Bros. TV presidents.