Zucker follows suits, ankles WB drama post

One day after Warner Bros. TV named Steve Pearlman chief of drama development, sources say the studio’s No. 2 drama exec, David Zucker, has resigned.

Zucker was named vice president of drama development at Warner Bros. in 1995 after serving as VP of current programs since 1990. He began working for Warner Bros., what was then Lorimar-Telepictures, in 1987 as an assistant to drama and comedy development execs.

Sources said Zucker was not interested in remaining with the studio, given all the recent changes, including the departure of his former boss and drama chief Nina Tassler. The studio’s chief business affairs exec, Nancy Tellem, the No. 2 exec, David Janollari, and comedy chief Maria Rastatter also have left in recent weeks.

Because Zucker still has time left on his contract, he won’t be taking another job immediately, but sources said he has had meetings around town and is considering some opportunities outside the executive ranks. Zucker and Warner Bros. had no comment.

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