The CW Guts Development, Current Departments in Latest Shift Away From Scripted Originals (Exclusive)
  • Author: Lesley Goldberg
  • February 03,2023

The CW, in its latest shift away from scripted originals, is dismantling its current programming department.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that exec vp current programming Michael Roberts and exec vp development Gaye Hirsch — two of The CW’s remaining most important scripted executives — are among those who were let go Thursday. An exact headcount was not immediately available, though sources say others were impacted by the layoffs.

While losing the heads of current and development are a big blow to The CW’s efforts to continue making scripted originals, this is not a complete dismantling of its scripted executives as sources say some lower-level staffers — i.e., those with smaller salaries — are being retained.

Reps for The CW did not respond to THR’s multiple requests for comment.

The workforce reduction marks the latest blow to The CW under station group Nexstar, which took control of the younger-skewing broadcaster
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