Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The WB's New VIP: As the Network's New President of Entertainment, David Janollari Hopes to Continue the WB's History of Queer Inclusivity

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The WB's New VIP: As the Network's New President of Entertainment, David Janollari Hopes to Continue the WB's History of Queer Inclusivity

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The pool of out gay men and women in power positions in Hollywood just got larger. David Janollari, whose producing partner Robert Greenblatt was installed last year as president of entertainment at Showtime, recently got the plum job of president of entertainment at the WB television network.

But while Greenblatt can target gay viewers explicitly oil Showtime, Janollari faces strict broadcast network standards. "You've got to look beyond the bells and whistles of cable," he says from his new office. "These are changed times, and in both broadcast and cable there is a much more open environment to gay characters."

As he comes into the network, there are no gay characters on the WB, but Janollari says the network is a pioneer in its treatment of gay characters, including Jack on Dawson's Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow.

"I look at Dawson's as the seminal show for this network," says Janollari, who explains that the WB's core audience is females between the ages of 12 and 34. …

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