WBTV President Rowner is asked to exit the studio for the NBCU top entertainment programming job in the new NBCU framework announced last month and finalize in advanced dialogue. She gradually emerged as the prime candidate for the post over the past few weeks and engaged in exit talks with Warner Bros. about 10 days ago.
Those negotiations were not easy – Rowner took a little more than a year into his current contract and factoring heavily into the studio’s plans for the future as Peter Roth, Warner Bros., TV Group President and Chief Content Officer Who were expected to retire at the end of their current contract in late 2021, having been tipped to succeed. Rowner’s departure creates a gap in those succession plans.
NBCUniversal had aggressively pursued Rowner for the job – all original entertainment programming for NBC, overseeing cable entertainment networks and Peacock and reporting on Marc Lasrus.
Rowner and fellow WBTV President Brett Paul, who jointly develop and produce all major TV programming, have day-to-day management of over 60 current original series developed and produced by the studio, of which more than 60 Is the original series for. SVOD Platform / Cable Network. Rowner has personally developed or watched an 18-series development that reached 100-episode milestones.
When asked about the deadline about Rowner’s future on WBTV last Thursday, WarnerMedia Studios & Networks chief Ann Sarnoff said, “I can’t comment on speculation or rumors.”