Schwartz Switches Roles at Warner

Sander Schwartz, who has served as president of Warner Bros. Animation since 2001, has entered into a production deal with the studio and will segue into developing and producing animated projects for both traditional and emerging platforms. He will initially focus on broadband and new media properties, the most successful of which will be groomed for television, home video or the big screen.

‘I’ve always enjoyed the creative side of every job I’ve ever held at least as much as the business side,’ says Schwartz. ‘This just feels like the right time to try my hand at a full-time creative post. The animation business is evolving in so many exciting ways, from formats to production technologies to new media outlets, and I can’t wait to focus my energies on producing content for all of the emerging media and platforms and will be announcing my first project in the very near future.’

Schwartz joined Warner Bros. from Sony Pictures Family Entertainment, where he served as the division’s first president from 1999 to 2001. He established Columbia TriStar Television Children’s Programming in 1995, and, prior to that, served as senior VP of TMS Ent., where he was responsible for the sales, distribution and production of all television programming and feature films. He also served as exec in charge of production for the company’s animated product and on the theatrical feature film Little Nemo.

Under Schwartz’s guidance, Warner Bros. Animation has produced such successful series as Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited, Duck Dodgers, Krypto the Superdog, Baby Looney Tunes, Static Shock, Johnny Test and Xiaolin Showdown. The division’s most recent series include Legion of Super Heroes, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue, The Batman and Tom & Jerry Tales.