Founded: September 8, 2005
The Warner Bros. Television Group oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution, and broadcasting.
In the traditional TV arena, WBTVG produces primetime, first-run, cable and animated series, with more than 70 programs on the air during the 2014–15 television season. WBTVG is the only studio to have at least one series on each of the five broadcast networks. In fact, Warner Bros. has at least two series on every network, and Warner Bros. is the only studio to have at least one new series on each of the five broadcast networks.
The cornerstone of WBTVG is Warner Bros. Television, one of the industry’s leading suppliers of network programming, as well as a major producer for cable. WBTV’s returning programs for 2014–15 are The 100, 2 Broke Girls, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Hart of Dixie, The Leftovers, Major Crimes, The Mentalist, The Middle, Mike & Molly, The Originals, Person of Interest, Shameless, Supernatural, Two and a Half Men, Undateable, The Vampire Diaries, Childrens Hospital and Newsreaders, among others. New series include Constantine, The Flash, Forever, Gotham and iZOMBIE, as well as the upcoming 11/22/63 and Westworld.
WBTVG also includes:
- Warner Horizon Television, producer of scripted cable programs such as Buzzy’s, Ground Floor, Longmire, Pretty Little Liars and Rizzoli & Isles, as well reality series for network and cable such as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, Repeat After Me, The Voice and the upcoming 500 Questions;
- Telepictures, with first-run syndicated programming such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Let’s Ask America, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live, to go along with unscripted programs Candidly Nicole, Ellen’s Design Challenge, Hello Goodbye and TMZ Hollywood Sports for cable;
- Shed Media, producers of unscripted cable programs such as Basketball Wives, Child Genius, Eric & Jessie: Game On, My Dysfunctional Family, The Real Housewives of New York City and Who Do You Think You Are, among others;
- Warner Bros. Animation, producers of Mike Tyson Mysteries, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the forthcoming Be Cool Scooby-Doo! and Wabbit–A Looney Tunes Production;
- and Blue Ribbon Content, producer of live-action and animated digital series. BRC’s initial series are Play It Again, Dick for CW Seed, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima, and an all-new Mortal Kombat series to be distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
WBTVG is rapidly developing new business models for the evolving television landscape, as well as moving aggressively into the global expansion of local production and broadening its operations in the digital space on a number of fronts, including distribution and production.
The Television Group has two category-leading distribution units: Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD). Together, these entities are responsible for the distribution of Warner Bros. Entertainment content to television outlets around the world.
The final component of WBTVG is broadcasting: The CW Television Network—launched (in partnership with CBS) in September 2006 with quality, diverse programming—is targeted to the 18–34 audience on television and online through CWTV.com.