Hunegs No. 2 at WBTV

Will oversee music, online, legal and pub

Craig Hunegs has been upped to exec VP of Warner Bros. Television, a newly created post that makes him the studio’s No. 2 exec under topper Peter Roth.

Hunegs, who had been exec VP for biz and financial affairs, will now have direct oversight of WBTV’s administration, music, online, publicity, biz affairs, human resources, legal and labor relations departments. He’ll also have corporate oversight of the studio’s “pod” deals, including Marquee Tollin/Robbins and Tony Jonas Prods., while continuing to work with Roth in all areas of WBTV strategy and operations.

Hunegs will report directly to Roth, who announced the promotion Tuesday.

“From the moment I joined Warner Bros., I have been impressed by Craig’s extraordinary skills,” said Roth. “He’s an outstanding executive, a trusted colleague and, in addition to his expanded responsibilities in television, I’m looking forward to his leading our charge toward increased involvement in the Internet and in the expanding world of convergence.”

Roth joined WBTV in early 1999, and has operated without a No. 2 since then. There had been buzz that Roth might look outside for a No. 2, but Roth said that was never really an option.

“I have such strength from within, it was something of an easy decision,” he told Daily Variety, calling Hunegs “my perfect balance, both creatively (and) emotionally.”

Roth said Hunegs will “free me up to keep my eye on the overview.”

Hunegs came to Warner Bros. in 1997 to head biz affairs for the studio. In that role, he oversaw day-to-day operations of biz affairs as well as all aspects of talent and network negotiations. He helped broker license agreement renewal deals for “ER” and “The Drew Carey Show” as well as for overall deals with Chuck Lorre (“Dharma & Greg”), John Wells (“ER,” “Third Watch”) and Bruce Helford (“Drew Carey”)

Before joining WBTV, Hunegs served as senior veepee of biz affairs for the WB network. He also spent five years as veepee of business affairs at NBC.

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