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Parul Agarwal has been promoted by Warner Bros. Television to head its drama development division. She used to work as vice president of drama development prior to this assignment. Warner Bros. Television announced on October 12 that Agrawal has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of Drama Development. The announcement was made by Clancy Collins White, Executive Vice President and Head of Development, WBTV.
In her new role, Agrawal will report to Collins White and will spearhead the creation of new dramatic television programming for all platforms. This includes drama series, limited series, and movies for television that the Studio will produce for Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max, external streaming services, cable, and broadcast networks.
She will also oversee a WBTV drama development team that includes senior vice president Tony Optican and vice presidents Ashley Cole, Jonathan Harris, and Mitzi Miller, among others. Agrawal succeeds Leigh London Redman, who recently joined Berlanti Productions as its new President.
Agrawal joined WBTV and started at the bottom of the corporate ladder. After joining WBTV in 2010 and she rose through the ranks to become the Vice President, Drama Development, in 2019.
During her 12-year tenure with the company, she has contributed to the development of a number of high-profile projects, including the Emmy-winning Lovecraft Country for HBO, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and the upcoming The Girls on the Bus for HBO Max, Bad Monkey for Apple TV+, Keep Breathing, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Maid for Netflix, All American, All American: Homecoming, Batwoman, Black Lightning, Gotham Knights, Kung Fu, Riverdale, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, and Roswell, New Mexico for The CW, Blindspot and the upcoming Found for NBC, Castle Rock for Hulu, God Friended Me for CBS, Prodigal Son for FOX, and many more.
She has worked closely with key producers and production companies such as Alloy Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions, Berlanti Productions, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Elizabeth Banks, Ava DuVernay, Mindy Kaling, Bill Lawrence, and Nkechi Okoro Carroll.
Prior to joining WBTV, Agrawal worked in development at Brancato/Salke Productions, the former production company of producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke. She previously worked with The L Word creator and executive producer Ilene Chaiken on the final season of the original acclaimed Showtime series. And she started her TV career as the script coordinator on AMC’s Mad Men.
Agrawal’s promotion comes on the heels of an announcement made by Warner Bros. Discovery that the company would be laying off 82 employees from the Warner Bros. TV Group and that 43 open positions, accounting for approximately 26% of the group’s workforce, will not be filled up.