Founded: September 8, 2005
The Warner Bros. Television Group oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution, and broadcasting.
In the traditional TV arena, WBTVG produces primetime, first-run, cable and animated series, and is set to have more than 70 programs on the air during the 2016–17 television season. WBTVG is the only studio to have at least one series on each of the five broadcast networks; in fact, Warner Bros. has at least one new series on each network, and at least three series total on every one. As of May 2016, Warner Bros. has been the #1 supplier of primetime programming to the broadcast networks for the last eight years in a row, 13 of the last 17 years, and 25 of the last 30.
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 2016–17 are The 100, 2 Broke Girls, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Blindspot, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, iZOMBIE, The Leftovers, Lucifer, Major Crimes, The Middle, Mom, The Originals, Shameless, Supergirl, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, among others. New series include Frequency, Gilmore Girls, Lethal Weapon, Powerless, Riverdale, Roadies, Time After Time, Training Day, Trial & Error and Westworld. 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 Television (WHTV), producer of scripted programs for cable and subscription/on-demand platforms such as Animal Kingdom, Famous in Love, Fuller House, Longmire, People of Earth, Pretty Little Liars, Queen Sugar and Rizzoli & Isles. Additionally, WHTV produces unscripted series for network and cable such as 500 Questions, After Paradise, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, The Bachelorette, Little Big Shots and The Voice.
- Telepictures, with first-run syndicated programming such as Crime Watch Daily, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ and TMZ Live, to go along with unscripted programs Ellen’s Design Challenge, Hello Goodbye and TMZ Sports, among others, for cable, and alternative/sketch comedy series MADtv for The CW;
- Shed Media, producers of unscripted programs such as First Dates for NBC, along with Basketball Wives, Hello Goodbye (in association with Telepictures), Livin’ Lozada, Long Lost Family, The Real Housewives of New York City and Who Do You Think You Are?, among others, for cable;
- Warner Bros. Animation, producers of Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Mike Tyson Mysteries, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and Wabbit–A Looney Tunes Production for cable, as well as the TV series adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham, coming to Netflix in 2018;
- and Blue Ribbon Content, producer of original live-action and animated digital series. BRC’s programs include the UNINTERRUPTED Original Series Now We’re Talking for go90, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima and Vixen for CW Seed, as well as the Batman: The Animated Series Batcave virtual reality experience with OTOY, Inc.
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.