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 primetime and syndication), 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 seven years in a row (as of the May 2015 upfronts).
As of April 2016, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television and Warner Bros. Animation are producing more than 50 programs combined for the U.S. broadcast networks (for the 2015–16 television season) as well as basic/pay cable and non-traditional platforms. Including Telepictures and Shed Media, the Television Group is producing nearly 75 total series.
Warner Bros. Television’s continuing network primetime series are the comedies 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and Mom, as well as drama Person of Interest for CBS; drama Gotham for FOX; comedy The Middle for ABC; drama The Mysteries of Laura and comedy Undateable for NBC; and dramas The 100, Arrow, The Flash, iZOMBIE, The Originals, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, among others, for The CW.
Warner Bros. Television’s first-year programs for 2015–16 include three drama series based upon DC Entertainment properties—Supergirl for CBS, Lucifer for FOX and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for The CW—as well as the one-hour series Blindspot for NBC, Rush Hour for CBS and Containment for The CW, among others.
Warner Bros. Television also produces The Leftovers and the upcoming Westworld for HBO, Major Crimes for TNT, Shameless, the upcoming Roadies for Showtime, the 11/22/63 event series for Hulu and the upcoming Gilmore Girls series of four telefilms for Netflix. Additionally, WBTV distributes the shortform comedy Childrens Hospital (a two-time Emmy® winner) for Adult Swim and will distribute the upcoming animated family comedy Green Eggs and Ham, being produced by Warner Bros. Animation for a debut on Netflix in 2018.
Warner Horizon Television’s scripted series are Rizzoli & Isles and the forthcoming Animal Kingdom for TNT, the upcoming People of Earth for TBS, Pretty Little Liars and the upcoming Famous in Love for Freeform, Longmire and Fuller House for Netflix, and Queen Sugar for OWN. WHTV’s unscripted series include the smash hit singing competition show The Voice and hit variety/comedy series Little Big Shots 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 Be Cool Scooby Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and Wabbit–A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, as well as Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim. It is also producing the animated family comedy Green Eggs and Ham for a debut on Netflix in 2018. Additionally, WBA produces highly successful animated movies for DVD based upon the DC Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries.
Thus far during Roth’s tenure at the Studio, 23 scripted primetime series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone or will do so (Person of Interest and Rizzoli & Isles) during the 2015–16 television season: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory (200+ episodes), The Closer, Cold Case, Fringe, George Lopez, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, The Middle, Mike & Molly, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, Person of Interest, Pretty Little Liars, Rizzoli & Isles, Smallville (218 episodes), Supernatural (240+ episodes), Third Watch, Two and a Half Men (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’ series include Crime Watch Daily, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s Design Challenge, Extra, Hello Goodbye, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports.
Series produced by Shed Media include Basketball Wives, Child Genius, First Dates, Hello Goodbye (co-production with Telepictures), Livin’ Lozada, Long Lost Family, The Real Housewives of New York City and Who Do You Think You Are?.
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.