Big Ticket ups exec pair

Schrock upped in creative affairs, Shapiro in series development

Laura Schrock has been upped to executive vice president of creative affairs at Big Ticket Television.

Previously senior veep of the division, Schrock will continue to oversee all of the company’s primetime series development, syndication and current programming.

At the same time, Schrock’s right-hand man, Paul Shapiro, has been promoted from veep to senior VP of series development at Big Ticket.

Studio prexy Larry Lyttle described the pair as “having proven not only that they are highly effective and creative, but that they are also people with whom talent likes to work.”

During their four years together, Schrock and Shapiro have teamed up on 15 pilots and five primetime series, including past skeins “Gary and Mike” and “Wolf Lake,” plus recently launched WB series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.”

Talent under the pair’s shingle includes Diane Keaton, Alex Gansa (“The X-Files”) and Al Franken (“Saturday Night Live”).

Schrock got her start at Big Ticket as a writer-producer prior to landing her most recent senior VP programming post in 1997. Before that, she served in a similar role at Lorimar/Warner Bros. She has also spent time as an exec within NBC’s comedy department.

Before joining Big Ticket, Shapiro was stationed at 3 Arts Television as director of development. There he was involved in such efforts as “Pensacola: Wings of Gold.”

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