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 both Telepictures and Shed Media (producing unscripted programming for syndication and primetime), as well as 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, which quickly became an industry leader.
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 been the #1 supplier to the U.S. broadcast networks for the last six years in a row (as of the May 2014 upfronts).
As of January 2015, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television and Warner Bros. Animation are producing more than 50 programs for the U.S. broadcast networks as well as basic and pay cable for the 2014–15 television season. Including Telepictures and Shed Media, the Television Group is producing more than 70 total current series.
Warner Bros. Television’s continuing network primetime series are the hit comedies The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Mom, 2 Broke Girls and Two and a Half Men, as well as dramas The Mentalist and Person of Interest, for CBS; comedies The Middle for ABC and Undateable for NBC; drama The Following for FOX; and six dramas for The CW, including Arrow, Hart of Dixie, The 100, Supernatural, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries.
Warner Bros. Television’s first-year programs for 2014–15 include four one-hour series based upon DC Entertainment properties—Gotham for FOX, The Flash and iZOMBIE for The CW, and Constantine for NBC—as well as Forever for ABC, Stalker for CBS and The Mysteries of Laura for NBC, plus comedy One Big Happy for NBC, among others.
Warner Bros. Television also produces The Leftovers and the upcoming Westworld for HBO, Major Crimes for TNT, Shameless for Showtime and the upcoming 11/22/63 event series for Hulu. Additionally, WBTV distributes the short-form comedies Childrens Hospital (a two-time Emmy® winner) and Newsreaders, both for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Warner Horizon Television’s scripted series are Rizzoli & Isles for TNT, Ground Floor and the upcoming Buzzy’s for TBS, Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family and Longmire for Netflix. WHTV’s unscripted series include the smash hit singing competition show The Voice for NBC as well as the long-running hit reality franchise The Bachelor—which also includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise—and event game show 500 Questions for ABC.
Warner Bros. Animation’s slate includes series such as Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and the upcoming Be Cool Scooby Doo! and Wabbit–A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim; and original animated DC Nation shorts for Cartoon Network. WBA also produces highly successful animated films based upon the DC Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries.
Thus far during Roth’s tenure at the Studio, 20 scripted primetime series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone or will do so during the 2014–15 television season: The Big Bang Theory, The Closer, Cold Case, Fringe, George Lopez, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Smallville (218 episodes), Supernatural (nearly 220 episodes and counting), Third Watch, Two and a Half Men (more than 260 episodes), 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 years, concluding a highly successful 15-year run in April 2009.
Now overseen by Roth, Telepictures’ current series include The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Let’s Ask America, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Hollywood Sports, TMZ Live and Candidly Nicole. Upcoming series are Crime Watch Daily, Ellen’s Design Challenge and Hello Goodbye.
Series produced by Shed Media include 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.
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 ten 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 ten 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.