Mate ships out of WBTV veep post to be producer

Exec developed 'Miami,' 'What I Like About You'

Warner Bros. TV is saying g’day to Lowell Mate.

Studio’s senior VP of comedy development is ankling his exec post to take on a new role as a producer. Mate has signed an overall production deal with Warner Bros. TV, where he will set up his own shingle.

“My long-term goal has always been to produce, and (it) was one of the primary reasons I came to the studio,” Mate said. “Working in development at Warner Bros. Television has been a tremendous experience. I’m excited to continue my relationship with the studio while pursuing new career challenges as a producer.”

Mate came to WBTV in 1999, initially serving as VP of comedy development. He later was bumped up to senior VP.

During his tenure at WBTV, Mate helped develop several new comedies for the studio, including the upcoming NBC laffer “Good Morning Miami” and the WB’s “What I Like About You.” He previously was exec VP of creative affairs for HBO Independent Prods.

“We are very excited to add Lowell to our roster of producers,” said WBTV prexy Peter Roth. “Lowell was an integral part of our successful 2002-03 development season.”