Magazine article Variety

TV Exec John Litvack Mentored Showrunners

Magazine article Variety

TV Exec John Litvack Mentored Showrunners

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John Litvack, the experienced WB Network executive who helped teach J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Greg Berlanti and others how to run television series, died March 21 at a long-term care facility in Los Angeles of complications following heart surgery. He was 69 and had been in failing health since undergoing triple-bypass surgery in January.

Litvack was considered an elder statesman during his 1997-2004 run as head of scheduling and current programming at the WB Network. Earlier in his career he'd held exec posts at CBS, NBC and Disney TV. He spoke to creatives from experience thanks to the time he spent behind the camera as a director of soap operas in the 1970s and as a co-exec producer of "Hill Street Blues" in the NBC drama's final season.

Litvack was highly regarded by showrunners and others for his skill at spotting problems with stories and generally helping to keep successful shows running smoothly. …

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