The CW ups two execs

Joanna Klein, Gaye Hirsch oversee drama side

Joanna Klein and Gaye Hirsch have been promoted to co-heads of drama development at the CW, the network said Wednesday.

The execs will be in charge of hatching new hours for the net and will continue as senior VPs as well. They will continue to report to Thom Sherman, who was upped to exec VP of development last month under new CW chief Mark Pedowitz. With Sherman now overseeing both scripted and unscripted development, he was expected to make changes on the drama side but is likely to keep the unscripted side intact.

Both execs have been working on dramas at the CW since 2006, though Hirsch was originally on the current programming side until switching to development in 2009. Their credits include new hours that will premiere on the fall schedule include “The Secret Circle” and “Hart of Dixie.”

Before joining the CW, Hirsch was a senior exec at Cruise/Wagner Prods., where she was a producer on features such as “Shattered Glass” and “Suspect Zero.” Her other credits include working as VP of production at HBO and at Touchstone Pictures.

Klein was VP of development and current programming at Regency Television as well as VP of development and production at Lionsgate.

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