Mark Pedowitz
Cliff Lipson/The CW
United States
2019

The CW Network

Mark
Pedowitz

Chairman / CEO

Since Pedowitz began his tenure as president of The CW in 2011, the network has attracted male viewers with a slew of DC Comics-inspired superhero dramas, such as “Arrow” and “The Flash,” while retaining women with nighttime soaps — think “Riverdale” — and female-skewing hour-long comedies including “Jane the Virgin.” It continues to offer original programming year-round. In a mark of inclusion, this season’s “Batwoman” is the first primetime series with an openly gay superhero — and, coincidentally, an out and proud star, Ruby Rose. Under Pedowitz, the CW has also embraced multi-platform distribution, and in 2020 the network upped him to chairman and CEO. He made his mark in the business during a nearly 20-year run at ABC, starting in business affairs and contracts and eventually tapped to lead Disney’s TV production arm, Touchstone Television (now ABC Studios). 

Career

  • ABC Entertainment
  • The CW Network
  • Touchstone Television

Education

  • Rockford University (IL, USA)
  • John Marshall Law School (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Mark Pedowitz Named CW Chairman and CEO

Mark Pedowitz Named CW Chairman and CEO

Mark Pedowitz has been named chairman and CEO of the CW Network. The veteran television exec's new deal will keep him ensconsed at the ViacomCBS-WarnerMedia  joint venture, where he has served as president for nearly a decade.Pedowitz last renewed his deal with the CW two years ago this month.The extension and elevation solidify the youth-skewing broadcaster's leadership at a time of transition for its corporate parents. Warner Bros., which holds 50% of the CW, was acquired last year along with...

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