General Manager for TBS, TNT and truTV
Board Member Since 2016
Brett Weitz serves as General Manager for TBS, TNT and truTV. He was appointed to the role in January 2019 and currently reports to Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group.
Each of Weitz’s networks garnered #1 industry stats under his leadership. TNT currently has the #1 new cable drama series with Snowpiercer, truTV is home to the #1 unscripted cable comedy series Impractical Jokers and TBS remains the #1 comedy network on television.
Weitz’s commitment to empowering creators to hone their unique voices has created a deep and varied bench of programming for the core business networks. During his tenure he’s developed a slate of critically beloved shows such as the Emmy Award-winning Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, aired the 300th episode of American Dad, celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the wrestling hit AEW: Dynamite and greenlit the highly anticipated revival of Wipeout and the extreme talent competition series Go-Big Show just to name a few.
In his prior role as Executive Vice President of Programming for TBS, Weitz defined a new direction for the network with groundbreaking new series and first-class comedy originals. This has resulted in more top comedies than any other network and continues today with series like The Last O.G. and Miracle Workers.
Previously, Weitz served as Senior Vice President of Scripted Development for TNT and TBS where he developed and helped launch numerous hit series including: The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. It was in this position that he first launched an initiative to create greater diversity among series staffing, an effort he continues to spearhead.
Years before charting success as a cable exec, Weitz began his career in entertainment in the mailroom at United Talent Agency, where he quickly rose up through a number of positions eventually becoming an executive at Michael Ovitz’s Artists Television Group. After a brief stint as a talent manager at Artists Management Group, Weitz moved back to his true passion, television development, holding positions at Columbia Tri-Star Television, 20th Century Fox Television, and fox21. In these roles, he oversaw the development of such hits as the WB’s Everwood, Fox’s long-running Prison Break, FX’s Sons of Anarchy, the reality hit Beauty and The Geek and Freeride. During his time at fox21, Weitz also developed the drama Saved for TNT, which led to his role heading up the newly expanding drama division.
In 2006, Weitz was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporter as one of “35 Executives Under 35 To Watch.” Most recently, Weitz was deemed one of “The Gatekeepers of Comedy” by New York Magazine and was honored by Multichannel News as one of the “Top 40 Executives Under 40.”
Outside of WarnerMedia, Weitz has served as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association (HA) since 2016. It is the nation’s largest non-profit and most widely respected, non-governmental funder of hydrocephalus research in the United States. He joined the board after his youngest daughter was born with hydrocephalus, a neurological condition that has no cure and where the only treatment option requires brain surgery. It has driven him to share his professional expertise and passion to raise awareness and aggressively move the mission of the association forward as it works to find a cure for the one million Americans living with the condition. Additionally, the organization also provides support and educational resources to patients and families.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Weitz loves to spend his time outside the office exploring the adventures of the outdoors, wine tasting, and most importantly, spending time with his two dazzling daughters and his wife.