MUMBAI: Mike Darnell will now join Warner Bros to fill the newly created position of president for unscripted and alternative television. He takes over his new job on 12 August and will be reporting to Warner Bros. Television Group president and chief content officer Peter Roth. Darnell had quit from the position of president of alternate entertainment at FOX last month.
The post gives him oversight of first-run syndicated series produced by Telepictures Productions as well as unscripted prime-time TV programming produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, marking the first time that these two divisions have been overseen by one executive.
He will also be the point person in dealings with Shed Media U.S., a division of Shed Media Group, which is majority owned by Warner Bros. International Television Production. The portfolio of shows that will fall under Darnell‘s remit include The Voice-the main competitor to a show that Darnell used to oversee at FOX, American Idol-The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, among many others.
"No single person has had a more profound impact on the unscripted and alternative genre than Darnell," Roth said. "His creative instincts, his knack for embracing and capturing the zeitgeist, and his endless desire for discovery have fueled his extraordinary success. There was simply no way we could pass up the opportunity to have him join us at Warner Bros."
Darnell noted, "When I decided to leave FOX two months ago, my hope was to be able to stretch my fingers beyond network television and into other distribution platforms. My first thought was to go into production for myself. But then Roth made me an offer I couldn‘t refuse-the opportunity to develop new shows and run the vast array of alternative shows that Warner Bros. already has going, which include not only some of the most successful on network television, but also an incredible presence on cable and in first-run syndication. To say I am incredibly excited about this chance to take my career in new directions would be an understatement. I can‘t wait to get started."