David Janollari has been named president of entertainment for The WB Network, it was announced today, June 15, 2004, by Garth Ancier, chairman of The WB. Janollari will be responsible for primetime program development including series, movies and specials; primetime current programming and scheduling as well as Kids WB! programming.
Janollari co-founded the award-winning The Greenblatt Janollari Studio with producing partner Bob Greenblatt. The Greenblatt Janollari Studio has four primetime series on the air including the critically acclaimed SIX FEET UNDER for HBO, Eve and ONE ON ONE for UPN and AMERICAN FAMILY for PBS.
"David's success making award-winning series that people talk about and tune in to combined with his stellar record as a creative executive at Warner Bros. Television and FOX, make him the perfect choice to lead our entertainment division into The WB's second decade," said Ancier. "He brings great contacts, excellent taste and a proven track record, what more can you ask for."
Well acquainted with Warner Bros. Television, Janollari brought FRIENDS creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane to the studio, while head of comedy development, under then WBTV president Leslie Moonves. Other series under his aegis at WBTV include the long-running hit THE DREW CAREY SHOW, LIVING SINGLE and SUDDENLY SUSAN as well as two of The WB's highest-rated comedies THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW and THE WAYANS BROS.
While president of The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, Janollari exec produced UPN's sophomore comedy EVE, nominated for four Teen Choice Awards, including Best Comedy Series, as well as ONE ON ONE, now in its fourth season on UPN. In addition, Janollari also produced AMERICAN FAMILY, the first and only Latino drama on network television that recently concluded its airing on PBS. The Greenblatt Janollari Studio also produced the hit comedy THE HUGHLEYS, which is in its second season in domestic syndication.
Janollari and his producing partner Robert Greenblatt were honored at the Inaugural Producers Guild of America's "Celebration of Diversity" awards program for their ability to broaden the industry's horizons with the production of SIX FEET UNDER, and they were also awarded the 2004 Producer's Guild's Norman Felton Award for Excellence in Producing.
Prior to his work as an executive at Warner Bros. Television, Janollari was the director of comedy development at the Fox Broadcasting Co.