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 serves as President of Warner Bros. Television, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for broadcast network television, cable and on-demand/subscription platforms. He also has creative oversight of Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures and Shed Media, 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) and Blue Ribbon Content.
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 (Warner Horizon Scripted Television), and primetime reality series for both network and cable (Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), 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. In 2014, Roth added oversight of Blue Ribbon Content, the Television Group’s production unit for original digital series.
Under Roth’s leadership, Warner Bros. has been the #1 supplier to the U.S. broadcast networks for the last nine years in a row and 14 of the last 18 years, as of the May 2017 upfronts.
The divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group—Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures and Shed Media—combined are producing more than 90 programs for the U.S. broadcast networks as well as cable and subscription/on-demand platforms for the 2017–18 television season.
Warner Bros. Television’s continuing broadcast network primetime series are the comedies The Big Bang Theory and Mom for CBS; the comedy The Middle for ABC; drama Blindspot and comedy Trial & Error for NBC; dramas Gotham, Lethal Weapon and Lucifer for FOX; and dramas The 100, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZOMBIE, The Originals, Riverdale, Supergirl and Supernatural, among others, for The CW.
Warner Bros. Television’s first-year network programs for the 2017–18 season include the drama Deception and comedy Splitting Up Together for ABC; the comedies By the Book, Me, Myself & I and Young Sheldon for CBS; and the drama Black Lightning and dramedy Life Sentence for The CW, among others.
Warner Bros. Television also produces Westworld and the upcoming Lovecraft Country for HBO, Major Crimes for TNT, Titans for Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ upcoming DC-branded digital service, Shameless for Showtime, Castle Rock for Hulu and Disjointed for Netflix. Additionally, WBTV is distributing the Warner Bros. Animation–produced TV series adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham, coming to Netflix in 2018.
Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s series are Animal Kingdom and Claws for TNT, People of Earth for TBS, American Woman for Paramount Network, Famous in Love for Freeform, Fuller House and Longmire for Netflix, Krypton for Syfy, Queen Sugar for OWN and You for Lifetime.
Warner Bros. Animation’s slate includes series such as DC Super Hero Girls, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Young Justice: Outsiders for WBDN’s upcoming DC-branded digital service; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, New Looney Tunes, The Tom and Jerry Show and Wacky Races for the Boomerang digital service; Right Now Kapow for Disney XD; and the upcoming TV series adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. 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, 26 scripted primetime series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone, or will do so during the 2017-18 season: 2 Broke Girls, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory (230+ episodes), The Closer, Cold Case, Fringe, George Lopez, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Major Crimes, The Mentalist (151 episodes), The Middle (200+ episodes), Mike & Molly, Mom, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill (188 episodes), Person of Interest, Pretty Little Liars (160 episodes), Rizzoli & Isles, Smallville (218 episodes), Supernatural (250+ episodes), Third Watch, Two and a Half Men (262 episodes), The Vampire Diaries, The West Wing (156 episodes) and Without a Trace (160 episodes). 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 continued on for an additional 10 years, concluding a highly successful 15-year run in April 2009.
Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s series include The Voice, Little Big Shots, Little Big Shots: Forever Young and Ellen’s Game of Games for NBC; the long-running hit reality franchise The Bachelor—which also includes The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelor Winter Games—for ABC; the Bachelor spinoff franchise Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? and The Twins: Happily Ever After? for Freeform; and Love Connection produced in association with Telepictures for FOX, among others.
Telepictures’ series include Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Extra, Judge Mathis, Love Connection (produced in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), OBJECTified, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports.
Series produced by Shed Media include First Dates and Genius Junior for NBC, Baller Wives and Basketball Wives: Los Angeles for VH1, Criminal Confessions for Oxygen, Glam Masters for Lifetime, the Long Lost Family franchise and Who Do You Think You Are? for TLC, and The Real Housewives of New York City for Bravo, among others.
Blue Ribbon Content’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.
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 included 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 #1-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.