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Legendary has beefed up its TV management with the appointment of Lauren Heller Whitney as president of scripted TV.

Whitney will oversee the expansion of Legendary’s TV development activity. Peter Johnson, exec VP of scripted development, has extended his contract with Legendary and will now report to Whitney.

Whitney’s “breadth and quality of experience as a television agent will enable her to quickly, seamlessly and successfully transition into a studio executive,” said Bruce Rosenblum, Legendary’s president of TV and digital media. “Lauren’s ability to identify and develop talent and material within the industry makes her a perfect match for our division.”

Whitney’s appointment comes as Legendary’s 2-year-old TV and digital division begins production on a fantasy drama for USA Network, “Colony,” and a comedy for Netflix, “Love,” that has a two-season order. Another ambitious drama, “Carnival Row,” is in development with Guillermo del Toro and Rene Echevarria for Amazon.

Whitney had been a TV agent with WME and its predecessor, WMA, since 1998. She specialized in developing literary material and life rights into TV projects. She credited Legendary founder Thomas Tull, Rosenblum and Johnson for having “laid the foundation for a strong and dynamic independent television studio.”