Weitz promoted while McCarthy, Busby move to originals unit
Turner is shuffling its execs, promoting Brett Weitz to senior VP of scripted development and shifting Lillah McCarthy and Kathy Busby to the TNT and TBS Original Prods. unit.
Weitz, who has been upped after serving serving as senior VP of development where he helped shape series such as “Franklin & Bash” as well as “Rizzoli & Isles,” will continue to oversee scripted development for TNT while also adding responsibility for TBS.
McCarthy, formerly senior VP of original programming for TBS and TNT, will keep the same senior VP title but for the cabler’s original series, which include the current sci-fier “Falling Skies” — as the skein is about to receive a third-season renewal — as well as the upcoming David E. Kelley hospital drama “Monday Mornings” and pilot “L.A. Noir” from Frank Darabont, which is awaiting a possible series order.
Busby, who was VP of comedy development for TBS, now adds TNT’s drama progamming to her plate.
McCarthy and Weitz will report to TBS/TNT president Michael Wright, while Busby reports to McCarthy.
“With an increased emphasis on building up our in-house production arm, we needed an executive who could bring true experience and great taste to the task,” said Wright. “Lillah has been a powerful force behind some of our most popular original series.”
Earlier in the week David Eilenberg was hired from Mark Burnett Prods. to run TBS/TNT reality division.