Long-time chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group, Peter Roth, will leave his role at the helm of one of the most prolific television studios in the industry early next year.
Roth’s resignation, announced today by Ann Sarnoff, Chairman and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, marks the end of an era for the company that has been responsible for legendary and popular television series from The West Wing to Gossip Girl and The Big Bang theory was responsible.
His exit marks another high profile departure from WarnerMedia as the studio continues to undergo belt tightening and a broader transformation that focuses the company’s entertainment future on streaming.
“Peter and I have been dating about this for a while and while there is never a good moment to say goodbye, he felt it was the right time to change a new leader for the group,” said Sarnoff in a statement. “He’s delivered hundreds of shows, thousands of episodes, millions of viewers with a single vision – to work with the best people and make the best TV series.
“Not only is he valued by his peers and competitors, actors, writers, directors, and producers, but he is the driving force behind the popular, pop-culture-defining television programs we all know and love, including The West Wing, The Big Bang Theory, Gilmore Girls, Two and a Half Men, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, The Flash and countless others. We are grateful for his contributions to our company and wish him all the best. “
It also marks the end of an era for the Warner Bros. Television Group, which was recently merged into a new Studios and Networks group for the company that includes all programming and content teams.
Roth joined Warner Bros. in 1999 as President of Warner Bros. Television, where he quickly made a name for himself and developed some of the longest running and most popular shows on television. Under his supervision, the group developed and produced The Big Bang Theory, the longest-running multi-camera comedy in television history, as well as The West Wing, which resulted in a reunion special for HBO Max and Gossip Girl, who is in the process is restarted for the streaming service.
Other shows developed and produced under Roth’s watch include Arrow, The Closer, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, Nip / Tuck, Person of Interest, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Smallville, Supernatural, Two and a Half Men and The Vampire Diaries.
“Working at Warner Bros. has been the greatest, most meaningful and rewarding experience of my career,” Roth said in a statement. “Over the past 22 years, I have had the privilege of being associated with some of the most inspiring creative talents, the most impactful television series, and the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever known.
“It has been my dream for a long time to be able to say goodbye at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason,” he continued. “I am grateful to Ann Sarnoff for giving me this opportunity and to my previous and current Warner Bros. colleagues for giving me the gift of a lifetime. I look forward to the next chapter in my career and to staying connected with the people who have meant so much to me. “
Roth’s brand in the television industry goes way beyond Warner Bros. When he was President of Fox Entertainment prior to joining Warner Bros., he was responsible for developing and programming shows such as That ’70s Show and Family Guy. In a previous role as President of Production at Twentieth Network Television (now known as 20th Century Fox Television Productions), he was responsible for developing and selling series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, King of the Hill and The X-Files. He began his career at ABC Television Network, where he initially worked as a children’s program manager.