Frog ups Roberts in program team shuffle
The WB is revamping its current programming team, upping Michael Roberts to exec VP and bringing in two new execs.
Roberts, who had been senior VP of current, will continue to head the department, which oversees the day-to-day creative direction of all Frog skeins in production.
As part of the makeover, Roberts has tapped Brett King, formerly of Paramount Network TV, as senior VP of the department. Tana Jamieson, who runs the Frog’s fledgling telepic department, will do double duty as a senior VP of current.
King, Jamieson and senior VP Chris Sanagustin will report to Roberts. Roberts reports to WB Entertainment prexy David Janollari.
Roberts has “a keen sense of story and character,” Janollari said. “This season our returning series have enjoyed a tremendous renaissance creatively, and Michael deserves a great deal of credit for that. ”
Roberts has headed the Frog’s current programming department since last summer. He joined the net from Walt Disney Pictures, where he spent a decade, ending his career there as senior VP of production.
King was VP of current at Par, where he oversaw skeins including “JAG,” “NCIS” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” Exec also did a stint at 20th Century Fox TV and began his career as a producer on “Saturday Night Live.”
Jamieson’s first pic for the Frog, “Samantha: An American Girl Holiday,” averaged more than 6 million viewers when it aired in November.
Susan Klein, who’s been upped to current programming associate, rounds out the Frog’s team.