Former Fox executive to head studio's Horizon

Former Fox development chief Craig Erwich — who helped birth hits such as “24,” “House” and “The OC” — has landed at Warner Bros., where he’s been tapped for a gig as exec VP of the studio’s Warner Horizon unit.

Erwich will have day-to-day oversight of development and production for Warner Horizon, the lower-cost offshoot of the studio that focuses on scripted cable series and primetime reality skeins. He’ll also work to expand the unit’s broadband and new-media activities, developing projects through Warners’ Studio 2.0 division.

After 12 years at Fox, Erwich left the network in June following Kevin Reilly’s installation as Fox Entertainment prexy. There had been talk of Erwich taking on a new role within Fox parent News Corp., but Erwich ultimately opted to go elsewhere.

Exec will mostly report to Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth, who oversees Warner Horizon. He’ll report to Warner Bros. TV Group prexy Bruce Rosenblum on digital issues.

“Craig brings more than 15 years of experience in developing high-quality, hit programming,” Rosenblum said. “We look forward to benefiting from his expertise and creative relationships as the division expands into the digital arena.”

Roth, meanwhile, said hiring Erwich repped “the next logical step in the expansion of” Warner Horizon.

During its first year in existence, Warner Horizon has produced three scripted skeins (“State of Mind,” “Side Order of Life” and “Heartland”). It also took control of production for “The Bachelor” and “High School Reunion” and launched the CW hit “The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.”

Erwich joined Fox in 1995 as director of current drama programming. He rose through the ranks until he was tapped exec VP of programming in June 2003, making him the No. 2 creative exec at the net.

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