Founded: September 8, 2005
The Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution and broadcasting.
WBTVG divisions produce live-action dramas and comedies, animated series, and unscripted and alternative programming for traditional broadcast networks, cable channels and the first-run syndication marketplace, as well as for subscription/on-demand platforms and digital media outlets. As of May 2017, WBTVG divisions are producing more than 90 series. WBTVG is the only studio to have at least one series on each of the five U.S. broadcast networks; in fact, Warner Bros. will have at least three series on every one for the upcoming 2017-18 television season. As of May 2017, Warner Bros. has also been the #1 supplier of primetime programming to the broadcast networks for the last nine years in a row, 14 of the last 18 years, and 26 of the last 31.
The cornerstone of WBTVG is Warner Bros. Television, one of the industry’s leading suppliers of network programming, as well as a major producer for cable and subscription/on-demand platforms. WBTV’s returning programs for 2017-18 are The 100, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, iZOMBIE, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, Major Crimes, The Middle, Mom, The Originals, Riverdale, Shameless, Supergirl, Supernatural, Trial & Error and Westworld, among others. New series include Black Lightning, By the Book, Castle Rock, Deception, Disjointed, Life Sentence, Lovecraft Country, Me, Myself & I, Splitting Up Together, Titans and Young Sheldon. WBTV also distributes the upcoming Warner Bros. Animation–produced TV series adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham, coming to Netflix in 2018.
WBTVG also includes:
- Warner Horizon Scripted Television, producer of programs for cable and subscription/on-demand platforms, including American Woman, Animal Kingdom, Claws, Famous in Love, Fuller House, Krypton, Longmire, People of Earth, Queen Sugar and You.
- Warner Bros. Animation, producers of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, DC Super Hero Girls, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Justice League Action, Mike Tyson Mysteries, New Looney Tunes, Right Now Kapow, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Unikitty!, Wacky Races, Young Justice: Outsiders and the upcoming TV series adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix.
- Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, producer of series for broadcast networks and cable, including The Bachelor, The Bachelor Winter Games, Bachelor in Paradise, The Bachelorette, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, Ellen’s Game of Games, Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots: Forever Young, Love Connection, The Twins: Happily Ever After and The Voice.
- Telepictures, with first-run syndicated programming such as Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live to go along with unscripted programs such as Love Connection for FOX as well as OBJECTified and TMZ Sports for cable.
- Shed Media, producers of unscripted programs such as First Dates and Genius Junior for NBC, along with Basketball Wives: Los Angeles, Criminal Confessions, Glam Masters, Livin’ Lozada, Long Lost Family, Long Lost Family: What Happens Next, The Real Housewives of New York City and Who Do You Think You Are?, among others, for cable.
- Blue Ribbon Content (BRC), producer of original live-action and animated digital series. BRC’s current and recent programming slate includes the UNINTERRUPTED original series Now We’re Talking for go90; ellen’s Pet Dish for ellentube; Beerfest, Constantine, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, JoJo Head and Vixen for CW Seed; Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima; and the Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality experience with OTOY, Inc. for the Mattel View-Master.
WBTVG is rapidly developing new business models for the evolving television landscape, as well as moving aggressively into the global expansion of local production and broadening its operations in the digital space on a number of fronts, including distribution and production.
The Television Group has two category-leading distribution units: Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) and Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD). Together, these entities are responsible for the distribution of Warner Bros. Entertainment content to television outlets around the world.
The final component of WBTVG is broadcasting: The CW Television Network—launched (in partnership with CBS) in September 2006 with quality, diverse programming—is targeted to the 18–34 audience on television and online through CWTV.com.