New exex on the Horizon

Fleiss up Next at Warner TV

Newly hatched Warner Horizon TV has firmed up its first overall deal, signing “The Bachelor” guru Mike Fleiss and his Next Entertainment to its roster.

Warner Bros. TV’s low-cost unit, which reports to WBTV prexy Peter Roth, also has tapped David Auerbach to head up alternative programming and has put Alan Saxe in charge of business affairs.

All three moves had been expected (Daily Variety, April 27).

Both Fleiss and Auerbach come to Warner Horizon from sister company Telepictures, which is ceding its primetime development to Roth’s unit. Fleiss is the first producer to migrate from Telepictures to Horizon.

Auerbach will serve as senior VP of alternative for Horizon. Saxe will be senior VP of business affairs. Both report to Roth.

“They’re both terrific executives with a great understanding of the business we’re in,” Roth said of Auerbach and Saxe. “These appointments send a strong message to the industry that Warner Horizon is open for business.”

Also joining Horizon is Brooke Karzen, who will work with Auerbach to develop reality programming.

Auerbach had been at Telepictures since 1991, most recently heading up alternative and new media. During his run at the studio, he oversaw production of more than 150 hours of primetime reality programming.

Exec previously held top posts at Aaron Spelling Prods. and Alan Landsburg Prods.

While he was most recently an independent consultant, Saxe is no stranger to Warner Bros. He’s a former exec VP of Telepictures Prods., and he held a similar post at syndie arm Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution. Before that, he was senior VP of labor relations for Warner Bros. TV.

Fleiss’ Next banner has produced 11 installments of “The Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” franchise, along with skeins such as “The Real Gilligan’s Island,” “High School Reunion” and “Are You Hot?”

Lisa Levenson and Scott Einzinger, who have overall deals with Next, will make the move to Horizon as well.

In recent years, Fleiss has moved into the movie world, producing “Poseidon,” “Hostel” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

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