Former WB VP to head scripted TV unit

BermanBraun has hired its first exec, tapping Warner Bros. TV drama veepee Rachel Kaplan to serve as head of scripted TV.

Kaplan is expected to start work at the Gail Berman/Lloyd Braun shingle shortly after her current deal with WBTV expires at the end of May. She’ll be in charge of developing and overseeing production of all scripted comedies and dramas for the company.

News of Kaplan’s hiring comes just six weeks after BermanBraun inked a three-year, first-look deal with NBC Universal.

Pact will supply the Santa Monica-based BermanBraun with overhead and development coin for its TV operations in exchange for giving all of NBCU’s TV outlets dibs on BermanBraun small screen content.

Kaplan, who reports to Warner Bros. senior VP Susan Rovner, has been at Warner Bros. since summer 2002, having joined as director of drama development. During her tenure, she was involved in a number of high-profile skeins, including “The O.C.,” “Men in Trees,” “Close to Home” and “Dirt.”

BermanBraun issued a statement called Kaplan’s hiring “a key step in the evolution of our company.

“This is a most exciting time for us, and Rachel’s talents will help us fulfill our vision to create quality entertainment across all mediums.”

Before WBTV, Kaplan was VP of development for scribe Jeff Kline, working on the ABC drama “That Was Then.”

(Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report).

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