Sam Register Upped to Head of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, Rob Sorcher to Shift to Production Deal

Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation
Eric Charbonneau

Head of Warner Bros. Animation Sam Register is adding Cartoon Network’s productions to his purview with an elevation to president of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network Studios head Rob Sorcher will transition to an overall production deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

Register will now oversee both animation studios, which will continue to function as separate entities but will be “united by a commitment to creative excellence, new voices, and a culture of inclusion and collaboration,” according to the company. Register, who began his animation career with Cartoon Network in 1994, developed and produced animated series such as “Chowder,” “Flapjack,” “Clone Wars,” and “Ben 10.”

“By aligning two of the industry’s most powerful animation studios, we will unleash incredible opportunities for artists to flourish and an unprecedented amount of animation for fans to devour,” said Register. “Together we have a shared opportunity to create a new culture of collaboration – one built on both the historic importance of Warner Bros. Animation and the commitment to new original voices that is the trademark of Cartoon Network Studios.”

Additionally, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics president Tom Ascheim has named Amy Friedman as a senior advisor to assume Sorcher’s programming responsibilities for Cartoon Network and offer creative, strategic and inclusive programming guidance for the Cartoon Network brand.

Friedman will report to Ascheim. She previously held senior creative management positions at Nickelodeon, Noggin, TeenNick, Scratch, Sprout and Universal Kids; she is also the founder and president of kid-focused brand creation and content development company Redhead Consulting.

Under his producing deal, Sorcher will create animated and live-action properties.

“I am honored to have played my part in producing the artistry, innovation and heart of Cartoon Network Studios, bringing joy to generations of young people around this world,” said Sorcher. “I would like to thank Warner Bros. Television Group for embracing my wide-ranging interests, and I’m energized by the potential of this next chapter.”

As part of the changes, executive vice president and general manager of Warner Bros. Animation Ed Adams will now have an expanded role to serve both studios and continue to report to Register. Adams has been with Warner Bros. Animation since 2009, rising to general manager in 2015 and exec VP and general manager two years ago with oversight of the unit’s non-production activities.

“The legacy of each of these great studios is long, with remarkable contributions to culture and the world of animation. Each embodies vibrant, distinct cultures and missions, and I believe this realignment will enable them to continue to innovate and thrive for new generations of artists and fans. There is no one better to usher in this exciting new period in these studios’ history than Sam,” said Ascheim. “We owe Rob a huge debt of gratitude for building the Cartoon Network brand to what it is today, creating a long list of imagination-capturing hit shows. He’s one of the most talented executives in our industry, someone who has changed the content game many times over, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next for us.”