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WBTV’s Susan Rovner boards NBCU television and streaming unit

NBCUniversal confirmed today (Oct. 5) that former Warner Bros. Television executive Susan Rovner is taking up the role of chairman, entertainment content, at the mediaco’s television and streaming unit. The executive ...
October 5, 2020


NBCUniversal confirmed today (Oct. 5) that former Warner Bros. Television executive Susan Rovner is taking up the role of chairman, entertainment content, at the mediaco’s television and streaming unit.

The executive (pictured) will lead creative strategy for original entertainment across NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy, Universal Kids and Peacock.

With oversight over distinct content teams that will handle development and current programming for scripted, unscripted, late night and specials, Rovner’s purview will also include first-run syndication, which produces seven shows.

As the head of content, Rovner will also manage key relationships with studio partners, both internal and external, as well as showrunners, producers and creative talent.

Reports surfaced last month that Rovner would be exiting WBTV after two decades. She most recently served as co-president of WBTV and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Rovner, working closely with newly-appointed chairman of entertainment networks Frances Berwick, will report into television and streaming chairman Mark Lazarus.

During her more than 20 years with WBTV, Rovner was instrumental in spearheading the company’s creative expansion to develop series for on-demand/streaming services and increasing its output for premium and basic cable.

Rovner previously served as EVP of development at WBTV since 2010 and had been co-president of Warner Horizon Scripted Television since 2014. Before that, she was WBTV’s SVP of drama development.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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