(June 16, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – Longtime Warner Bros. Television production executive Judith Zaylor will retire from the company July 3 after a distinguished career that spanned three decades, it was announced today by Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. Her replacement will be announced in the near future. Zaylor most recently served as Executive Vice President, Production, Warner Bros. Television (WBTV), a position to which she was named in 2001. In that role, she supervised all day-to-day production operations – including costs and logistics – related to the primetime series, telefilms and miniseries produced by the television division. At the time of her appointment, Zaylor was the only woman in the industry to have oversight of television production at a major studio. “We are extremely thankful for the invaluable contributions Judy has made to Warner Bros. Television during her long and accomplished tenure here,” said Roth. “She has served the company with integrity and creativity during a time of tremendous change in the television industry, and she will be greatly missed.” “My years with Warner Bros. Television have allowed me to participate in the highest quality television production, which has made my work a joy,” said Zaylor. A 21-year veteran of the company, Zaylor joined Lorimar Home Video in 1987 as Vice President, Production. (Lorimar Home Video subsequently merged with Warner Bros. in 1993). From 1988–1994, she was Vice President, Network Production, Lorimar Television/WBTV, supervising production for the hit series “Dallas,” “Knots Landing” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” She was named Senior Vice President, Drama and Comedy Production, WBTV, in 1994 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Production, WBTV, in 1997. During her tenure, Zaylor worked on many of Warner Bros. Television’s most important assets, including “The West Wing” and “Third Watch.” She supervised production for the highly rated landmark 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. Zaylor began her entertainment career as a production manager and associate producer, specializing in live television events.
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