Warner Bros. Television sets up new production, operations management structure


MUMBAI: Warner Bros Television is establishing a new production and operations management structure and has named longtime business affairs, legal, finance and operations executive Brett Paul to the newly created position of executive vice president, Warner Bros. Television.

Concurrently, veteran business affairs and production executive Sue Palladino has been named Warner Bros. Television executive vice president, production. These announcements were made by Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) president Peter Roth.

Since January 2006, Paul has served as WBTV’s executive vice president, business affairs, operations and finance, with oversight of business and legal affairs, financial affairs, administration and operations. In his new position, Paul will continue to supervise these areas, and he will add oversight of WBTV’s physical production activities to his management responsibilities. He will now serve as the company’s top executive on the business side and will continue to report to Roth.

In her new position, Palladino will be responsible for day-to-day production operations – including costs and logistics – related to the primetime series, telefilms and miniseries produced by the division. She will continue to report to Paul and replaces longtime WBTV production executive Judith Zaylor, who recently announced her retirement from the company. Palladino had served as senior vice president, business affairs, WBTV, since January 2007.

"Brett has made invaluable contributions to Warner Bros. Television during his tenure as head of business affairs, operations and finance, and his combination of brilliant negotiating skills and creative business acumen make him the perfect executive to take on oversight of our production activities. Sue brings nearly 30 years of production and business management experience to the job as our day-to-day head of production, and we are thrilled to have her taking on this new role," said Roth.
Paul joined the company in 1995 as vice president, business affairs, and has risen steadily since then, serving that department in a variety of capacities, up through and including executive vice president, business affairs, before taking on expanded operational and management responsibilities over the last couple of years. He has acted as a key negotiator for many of the division’s most significant and high-profile licensing, overall, production company and talent deals.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Paul was a corporate/securities lawyer at top law firms in both New York and Los Angeles, followed by a stint as vice president, Business and Legal Affairs, at All American Communications.

Before being promoted to senior vice president last year, Palladino had served as vice president, business affairs, since joining WBTV in 1999. She was the company’s lead business affairs executive on deals for a number of WBTV-based producers.