President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group
Peter Roth was named President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, in May 2013, assuming creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ television production activities worldwide. In this capacity, Roth retains his titles and responsibilities as President, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television and Warner Bros. Animation, while adding creative oversight of Telepictures Productions (producers of first-run syndicated programming) and Warner Bros. International Television Production (producing local versions of Studio-owned programming in territories around the world and developing original local programming on a market-by-market basis).
Roth’s acumen for developing and producing successful programming has brought Warner Bros. the distinction of being the most prolific studio in Hollywood during his tenure. He joined the company in March 1999 as President, Warner Bros. Television, assuming oversight of one of the industry’s leading television production companies.
He expanded his duties in April 2006 to include heading up the then-newly created Warner Horizon Television, a separate production entity specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace, and primetime reality series for both network and cable. This second primetime television operation allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model.
In April 2008, Roth was tapped to supervise the Studio’s non-feature animation production activities. As overseer of Warner Bros. Animation, he has ultimate responsibility for animated and live-action series based on animated properties, online/new media animation ventures and direct-to-platform releases for the company.
Under Roth’s leadership, Warner Bros. has continued its impressive performance as the #1 supplier to broadcast networks for 22 of the past 27 seasons, including the last five years consecutively (as of the May 2013 upfronts).
Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television and Warner Bros. Animation are currently producing 55 programs for the U.S. broadcast networks as well as basic and pay cable during summer 2013 and the 2013–14 television season. Including Telepictures, the Television Group is producing more than 60 total current series.
Warner Bros. Television’s continuing network primetime series are the hit comedies 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Two and a Half Men, as well as dramas The Mentalist and Person of Interest, for CBS; dramas The Following for FOX and Revolution for NBC; comedies The Middle and Suburgatory for ABC; and six dramas for The CW, including the network’s #1 series among Total Viewers in Arrow and the network’s #1 series among Adults 18–49 in The Vampire Diaries, as well as The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Nikita and Supernatural.
Warner Bros. Television’s new programs for 2013–14 include the half-hour comedies Mom for CBS, Super Fun Night for ABC, Surviving Jack for FOX and Undateable for NBC. New one-hour dramas are Hostages for CBS, Believe for NBC and Almost Human for FOX, as well as The 100, The Originals and The Tomorrow People for The CW.
For cable, Warner Bros. Television produces Major Crimes for TNT and Shameless for Showtime. Additionally, WBTV distributes the Emmy®-winning comedy Childrens Hospital and comedy Newsreaders, both for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Warner Horizon Television is home to 17 scripted and unscripted projects. WHTV’s scripted series are Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas for TNT; Ground Floor and Sullivan & Son for TBS; Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood and The Lying Game for ABC Family; and Longmire for A&E. WHTV’s unscripted series include the smash hit singing competition show The Voice for NBC; the hit reality franchise The Bachelor—which also includes The Bachelorette—for ABC; Capture, Famous in 12 and Oh Sit! for The CW; Deon Cole’s Black Box and Who Gets the Last Laugh? for TBS, and Marshal Law: Texas for TNT.
Warner Bros. Animation’s slate includes six series: Beware the Batman, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Teen Titans Go! and The Tom and Jerry Show, all for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries, for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. WBA also produces animated shorts and additional content for Cartoon Network’s DC Nation branded programming block featuring original programming based upon DC Entertainment properties.
Thus far during Roth’s tenure at the Studio, 18 series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone or will do so during the 2013–14 season: The Big Bang Theory, The Closer, Cold Case, Fringe, George Lopez, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, The Middle, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, Smallville (218 episodes), Supernatural, Third Watch, Two and a Half Men (224 and counting), The Vampire Diaries, The West Wing and Without a Trace. Also notable was the 300th episode of the acclaimed drama series ER, which was in its fifth season when Roth arrived at the Studio and which continued on for an additional 10 more years, concluding a highly successful 15-year run in April 2009.
Now overseen by Roth, Telepictures Productions’ first-run syndicated series include Bethenny, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Let’s Ask America, The People’s Court, TMZ and TMZ Live.
In recognition of his career accomplishments, Roth was honored as one of the 2008 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees, presented by NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) at its annual Conference & Exhibition. He was also named the 2008 Television Showman of the Year at the ICG 45th Annual Publicists Awards.
Roth came to Warner Bros. Television after having served as President, FOX Entertainment, since September 1996. While there, he was responsible for the development and programming of the Emmy® Award–winning Ally McBeal, That ’70s Show and Family Guy. Prior to working at the network, he joined Twentieth Television Corp. in June 1992, when he was named President of Production at Twentieth Network Television (currently 20th Century Fox Television Productions).
In June 1993, he was promoted to President of Twentieth Network Television and became President of 20th Century Fox Television in June 1994. While there, he was responsible for shepherding what was then the most successful pilot-selling season in the history of that studio, with 10 pilots picked up for production during the 1996–97 television season. His series productions include The X-Files, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, The Practice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Millennium and King of the Hill. Prior to joining Twentieth Television Corp., Roth was President of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where, during a six-year tenure, he was involved with the creation and sale of such critically acclaimed series as 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and The Commish.
Roth spent 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he began his television career in 1976 as Manager of Children’s Programs. He was promoted that same year to Director and was responsible for ABC’s number one–rated Saturday morning schedule. In June 1979, he was named Director of Current Primetime Programs and was promoted to Vice President, Current Primetime Series, in November 1981, overseeing such classic shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Moonlighting and Dynasty.
A native of Larchmont, New York, Roth attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 1972. He resides in Brentwood, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their two children.