No. 2 exec at WB unit segues to producing deal
Lisa Hackner is leaving the Telepictures exec suite and looking to segue to a producing deal.Currently exec VP of creative affairs, Hackner started at the company in 1990 as a receptionist and gradually moved up to the No. 2 role behind Hilary Estey McLoughlin. Hackner has a couple of years left on her deal, but it will not be renewed. At Warner Bros.-based Telepictures, Hackner most recently spent much of her time traveling to Gotham to launch “Anderson,” the daytime talkshow that is finding it difficult to gain traction in the crowded syndie landscape. Wanting to spend more time with her family and away from the lot’s exec offices, Hackner told McLoughlin she needed a lifestyle change and asked that her current contract be her final one. “I’ve really grown up here and have had the great luxury of consistent professional challenges and growth along the way,” Hackner told Variety. “Over the years I have spent a lot of time in the trenches with producers and often thought about transitioning into a more hands-on role. I feel fortunate that Warner Bros. believes in my ability and supports my desire to develop and produce my own projects.” Hackner, who was promoted in 2007, was responsible for a handful of court- and dating-themed shows, as well as talkshows, at Telepictures, including “Judge Mathis” and “The Tyra Banks Show.” She also oversaw Telepictures’ creative development and programming team, as well as producers with overall deals at the company. “Lisa has been my right hand and played an integral part in Telepictures’ enduring success,” McLoughlin said. “She has always been a hands on executive with a real passion for producing.” McLoughlin is planning to interview replacements for Hackner imminently.