(May 22, 2001 – Burbank, CA) - Judith Zaylor has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Production, Warner Bros. Television, it was announced today by Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. Upped from her position as Senior Vice President, Production, Zaylor assumes supervision of the day-to-day production operations of the television division. This promotion makes Zaylor the only female to currently head up television production for a major studio. She moves into the EVP position occupied by Andrew Ackerman, who has chosen to scale back his workload but will continue to serve the company as an advisor and consultant. “This promotion recognizes Judy’s tremendous contribution to our success as a company,” said Roth. “Her years of experience in production coupled with her background as a producer make her the perfect person to oversee production for our division.” Regarding Ackerman, Roth commented “Andy is one of the best and most knowledgeable executives in the business. I’m so glad he has agreed to serve as an advisor to our company. We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with him.” In her new position, Zaylor is responsible for all production-related activities, including costs and logistics of all the Warner Bros. Television series as well as telefilms and mini-series. Zaylor, has been with the company since 1987, where she served as Vice President, Production for Lorimar Home Video (which subsequently merged with Warner Bros. in 1993). From 1988-1994, she was Vice President, Production, Lorimar/WBTV supervising production for the hit series “Dallas,” “Knots Landing” and “Lois & Clark.” In 1995, Zaylor was named Senior Vice President, Production at the studio and has worked on many of the studio’s most important assets including “The West Wing” and “Third Watch.” She supervised production for the highly rated live episode of “ER” and the live George Clooney CBS television movie “Fail Safe.” In addition, she has supervised production for a number of international projects as well as animated series for the company. From 1981-83, Zaylor worked as a production manager making the transition to associate producer in 1983 where she specialized in live television events.
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