Marijuana is having its moment in American culture, with recreational pot use now legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. California, Arizona, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts vote on recreational use in November. It’s a trend reflected in popular entertainment. Three TV series devoted to the subject air within the next month.HBO’s New York-set “High Maintenance,” which bows Sept. 16, began as a web series in 2012; both iterations of the show follow an unnamed pot deliveryman (series co-creator Ben Sinclair)...
In various capacities throughout his tenure at Warner Bros., Peter Roth has helped position the company as Hollywood’s most prolific television studio. Over the years, he’s had a hand in bringing some of the most popular series of the modern era to the small screen, with shows as different as “The Big Bang Theory,” “Gilmore Girls” (including the Netflix reboot), and “Pretty Little Liars.” So far, 24 WBTV series have exceeded the 100-episode mark. Some even surpassed 200 episodes.
Roth simultaneously serves as president of Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Warner Bros. Animation, and also oversees Telepictures, Shed Media, and Warner Bros. International Television. His influence spans scripted and unscripted genres, talk shows, animation, and even digital series.
“A good executive’s most important responsibility is to identify the best talent and to platform that talent to do their absolute best work to create an environment where they feel supported, appreciated, loved,” Roth said at an event at the Paley Center in 2015.
Roth began his career at ABC, then moved to Stephen J. Cannell Productions where he created series like “21 Jump Street” and ‘Wiseguy.” In his role at 20th Century Fox TV studios, he shepherded “The X-Files,” “The Practice,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” among others, then rose to president of Fox. He joined Warner Bros in 1999, rising to President and Chief Content Officer in May 2013.