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Len Goldstein has been tapped exec VP of development at Warner Bros. Television, making him the top creative exec under studio chief Peter Roth.

Goldstein, who most recently served as senior VP of comedy development, will oversee all drama, comedy and alternative series development for the studio. He reports to Roth and replaces Steve Pearlman, who exited the post last week to set up his own production pod at WBTV (Daily Variety, April 5).

“With this group, as originally shepherded by Steve and now by Len, I’ve been able to sleep well at night,” Roth said.

WBTV ranks as the most prolific supplier of primetime programming to the networks, this season launching hits such as “Two and a Half Men,” “The OC” and “Cold Case.” Roth gave Goldstein a big chunk of the credit for the studio’s recent track record.

“It’s the perfect and most logical choice,” Roth said. “I think he’s as good a creative executive as any I’ve ever worked with. You need someone who has leadership skills, who brings out the best in people, and he is really an amazing guy. We have tremendous belief in Len’s skills and a clear vision for his future.”

Goldstein has been at WBTV since 1997 and was named veep of drama development in 2000. Under his watch, studio developed dramatic successes “Smallville,” “Everwood” and “Without a Trace.”

In 2002, he was upped to senior VP and made the transition to comedy development. His laffer output includes “I’m With Her,” “Eve” and “All of Us,” in addition to “Two and a Half Men.”

Before WBTV, Goldstein worked in development for Kushner-Locke.

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