Zaylor to head WBTV prod’n

New exec VP to o'see all operations of unit

Judith Zaylor has been boosted to head of production for Warner Bros. Television, replacing outgoing department topper Andrew Ackerman.

As exec VP of production, Zaylor will oversee all production-related functions of the studio’s series and telepics, including costs and logistics. She’ll report to WBTV prexy Peter Roth, who announced Zaylor’s promotion Tuesday.

“This promotion recognizes Judy’s tremendous contribution to our success as a company,” Roth said. “Her years of experience in production, coupled with her background as a producer, make her the perfect person to oversee production for our division.”

Zaylor has been senior VP of production at WBTV since 1995, working on series such as “The West Wing” and “Third Watch,” as well as live productions such as the George Clooney starrer “Fail Safe.” She joined the company in 1987 as VP of production for Lorimar Home Video, which eventually merged with Warner Bros. Zaylor has also supervised production for numerous WBTV international and animated projects.

Meanwhile, Ackerman is stepping down as exec VP after nearly 25 years at Warner Bros./Lorimar. He will remain as an advisor and consultant.

“Andy is one of the best and most knowledgeable executives in the business,” Roth said. “We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with him.”

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