Caucus fetes Roth, Olmos
Warner Bros. Television prexy Peter Roth will be presented with the special chair award and multihyphenate Edward James Olmos with the diversity award at the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors’ 12th annual gala Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Under Roth’s watch, Warner Bros. has been the most successful television studio in Hollywood for the past two seasons, according to caucus chair Vin Di Bona. WB TV has supplied two or more shows to each of the six broadcast networks and produced 25 series on the primetime schedule.
Successful returning Warner Bros. Television series include “ER,” “Without a Trace,” “The West Wing,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville” and “Third Watch.” New series include “Joey” and “Veronica Mars.”
Prior to his appointment as WB president, Roth served as prexy of Fox Broadcasting Co., where he was responsible for the development and programming of such series as “Ally McBeal,” “That ’70s Show” and “Family Guy.”
Producer, helmer, writer, actor and activist Olmos was chosen for the diversity award in recognition of his longtime work focused on uplifting the Hispanic-American community. He started as a legit actor in the 1978 staging of “Zoot Suit,” going on to receive a Tony nomination and re-create the role onscreen.
Olmos received an Academy Award nomination for his role as Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver” and a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for producing the documentary “It Ain’t Love,” about domestic violence. His book “Americanos” will be a feature doc on NBC.
In addition, Olmos has worked with the David Rockefeller Foundation to recruit teachers for U.S. schools, and he speaks regularly on behalf of the foundation and for other community efforts.
The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors is a multi-guild professional organization that mentors television producers, writers and helmers in their negotiations with cable and broadcast networks for their creative rights.