Those talks weren’t easy – Rovner had just over a year on his current contract and had strongly considered the studio’s plans for the future as heir to Peter Roth, Chairman of the Warner Bros. Group. .TV and director of content, who was tipped to succeed him when he is expected to retire at the end of his current contract at the end of 2021. Rovner’s departure creates a gaping hole in those succession plans.
NBCUniversal had actively pursued Rovner for the position – overseeing all original entertainment programming for NBC, the cable entertainment networks and Peacock and reporting to Marc Lasarus.
Rovner and fellow WBTV chairman Brett Paul, who oversees all major deals, jointly managed the day-to-day management of all scripted TV shows developed and produced by the studio, making a total of over 60 current original series, including 60% for SVOD platforms / cable networks. Rovner personally developed or supervised the development of 18 series which reached the 100 episode milestone.
Asked by Deadline about Rovner’s future at WBTV last Thursday, Ann Sarnoff, head of WarnerMedia Studios & Networks, said, “I can’t comment on any speculation or rumor.”