Exec to oversee both drama and unscripted development

Thom Sherman has been promoted to exec VP of development at the CW.

Previously exec VP of drama development, Sherman will now oversee both scripted and nonscripted development. Both CW’s drama and alternative departments will report to Sherman, who will report to the network’s new prexy, Mark Pedowitz.

“A uniquely gifted executive, Thom possesses remarkable instincts in terms of great storytelling and character development, and he has cultivated tremendous relationships and earned the respect of the creative community,” Pedowitz said.

Sherman’s promotion was expected to be Pedowitz’s first executive move since officially coming aboard the CW last week.

Sherman has been with the CW since it launched in 2006. Before that he was president of Bad Robot Prods., where he shepherded series including “Lost.” He came to Bad Robot from ABC drama development, which he headed for five years. Dramas including “Desperate Housewives,” “Alias” and “Grey’s Anatomy” came through ABC during his stint there.

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