TNT and TBS Announce Original Programming Group Reorganization
TNT and TBS's original programming group is undergoing a reorganization that includes new roles for three current executives. Lillah McCarthy will shift into a new position as senior vice president of TNT and TBS Original Productions, heading up the networks' in-house Production Company. Brett Weitz has been promoted to senior vice president of scripted development for TNT and TBS. And Kathy Busby will take on a new role as vice president of TNT and TBS Original Productions, reporting to McCarthy.
Yesterday, TBS and TNT announced the addition of David Eilenberg as senior vice president of unscripted development. All four executives are based in Los Angeles, with McCarthy, Weitz and Eilenberg reporting to Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies.
Lillah McCarthy most recently served as senior vice president of original programming for TBS and TNT, focusing on the development and production of new comedy series for TBS and new drama series for TNT.
"With an increased emphasis on building up our in-house production arm, we needed an executive who could bring true experience and great taste to the task," said Wright. "Lillah McCarthy has been a powerful force behind some of our most popular original series, making her an ideal choice to head up TBS and TNT Original Productions, an important and growing part of our business."
McCarthy initially began working with TBS and TNT as an original series consultant, instrumental in the development of TNT's hit drama The Closer. Since formally joining TBS and TNT in 2006 as vice president of series programming, McCarthy has overseen the development of such hit series as TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, Falling Skies and Franklin & Bash.
Prior to her work with TBS and TNT, McCarthy was the executive producer of the dramatic series Early Edition, starring Kyle Chandler, as well as numerous television pilots, both comedies and dramas. She began her career in the entertainment business as an actress before moving to the other side of the camera as a current-programming executive at ABC. She later moved to Fox, where she served as senior vice president of series programming, working on the development and production of such shows as The Simpsons, Married... With Children and 21 Jump Street. McCarthy has also directed half-hour multi-camera television comedies, run her own literary and talent management company and served as executive vice president for Kopelson Productions, where she supervised television development for the company.
Brett Weitz, who has most recently served as vice president of development for TNT, will continue to oversee scripted development for the network while also adding responsibility for TBS. Weitz joined TNT in 2009, serving as vice president of development.
"Brett is a truly talented executive whose programming taste and relationships within the creaitve community have been instrumental in TNT's scripted success over the past few years," said Wright. "He was a key contributor to the development of returning TNT hits Franklin & Bash and Rizzoli & Isles, and he helped shape the new series Perception and Monday Mornings, as well as our new reality-competition series The Great Escape and 72 Hours. It's little wonder he was included this year on Multichannel News' '40 Under 40' list of up-and-coming television executives."
Weitz came to TNT from 20th Century Fox Television, where he served as vice president of creative affairs for the fox21 Studios division, working on such series as the reality hit Beauty and the Geek, the comedy Free Ride and the TNT drama Saved. Prior to fox21, Weitz was director of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television from 2002 to 2004. He joined that company after a brief tenure as director of drama development for Columbia TriStar Television. And from 1999 to 2001, Weitz worked at Artists Television Group as part of the initial team that started up the company under Michael Ovitz. He first served as director of creative affairs, then later as television literary manager, representing television writers and directors.