Erin Wehrenberg has been named senior vice-president, Network Comedy, ABC Entertainment, it was announced by Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. In this position, she will lead the comedy series development team and oversee the department’s day-to-day operations, including creatively supervising production of new comedy series for ABC.
“We are so incredibly fortunate to have Erin join us as the creative force leading our comedy development team,” Burke said in making the announcement.
“Erin’s relationships, depth of experience, and taste will no doubt guide us to the next generation of hit ABC comedies, as she has a strategic eye for what connects us through laughter. I have wanted to work with her again since our NBC days, and I’m so happy she chose to join the talented team here at ABC.”
Wehrenberg arrives at ABC on March 25. She comes from Warner Bros. Television, where she was senior vice-president and head of Comedy Development since 2009. In this role, she oversaw the development of ABC’s 'Splitting Up Together' and 'Suburgatory'; plus 'Trial & Error', 'Two Broke Girls', the reboot of 'Murphy Brown'; the upcoming 'Shrill', starring Aidy Bryant; as well as the upcoming 'AJ and the Queen', starring RuPaul Charles. Prior to that, Wehrenberg was head of Comedy Development and Current Programming at Universal Media Studios.
Wehrenberg began her career at NBC, where she spent more than a decade rising through the executive ranks, from manager to executive vice-president, Current Series, for nearly four years. During her tenure there, she supervised creative aspects of several celebrated series, including 'Friends', 'Freaks and Geeks', 'Friday Night Lights', 'The Office' and '30 Rock'.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from UCLA and serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.