Executive Vice President of Original Programming
TBS Television Network
Board Member Since 2016
As Executive Vice President of Programming for TBS, Brett Weitz has continued to show that TBS is the destination comedy network to watch. These past four years Brett has spearheaded the new direction of the network into younger and more relevant comedy while also moving towards a bolder, and more relevant brand of comedyfrom younger and more diverse voices.
Brett’s commitment to giving creators the space they need to experiment and establish their unique voices has created a deep and varied bench of prestige comedies. In just a few short years, Brett has brought to air a slate of critically beloved and broadly successful hits that have turned TBS into the destination for first-class comedy originals. He’s helped TBS claim the top spot in cable comedies with The Last O.G.and moved the network to the center of the cultural conversation with shows like Search Partyand Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Under Weitz’s leadership,TBS also recently dove into the waters of unscripted programming with the launches of Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker’s Wild and Drop the Mic both of which debuted as the #2 and #3 new cable comedies in 2017. Post rebrand, TBS has continued to top the charts with nine new original series over the past two years and ended 2017 as the home of the top three new cable comedies of that year with growth in key demos. By the end of 2018 the #1 comedy network owned six of the top twenty cable comedies — more than any other network.Original, culturally relevant programming continues to drive critical acclaim, linear and digital audience growth and ongoing success of top rated, rebranded cable network.
Previously, Brett served as SVP of scripted development for TNT and TBS where he developed and helped launch numerous hit series including: The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, and Franklin & Bash. It was in this position that he first launched an initiative to create greater diversity among series staffing, an effort he’s carried into his current position.
Years before charting success as a cable exec, Brett 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 manager at Artists Management Group, Brett moved back to his true passion, television development, holding positions at Columbia Tri-Star Television, 20thCentury 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 andFreeride. Also during his time at fox21 that Brett developed the drama Savedfor TNT. Based on the great working experience with his TNT production counterparts, the quickly-growing network approached him to head up the newly expanding drama division.
In 2006, Brett was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporteras one of “35 Executives Under 35 To Watch.” Most recently, Brett was deemed one of “The Gate Keepers of Comedy” by Vulture Magazineand was honored by Multichannel Newsas one of the “Top 40 Executives Under 40.”
Outside of TBS, Brett serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Hydrocephalus Association (HA), the nation’s largest non-profit and most widely respected, non-governmental funder of hydrocephalus research in the United States dedicated to hydrocephalus – a neurological condition that has no cure and where the only treatment option requires brain surgery. Brett’s youngest daughter being born with hydrocephalus drives 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, while also providing support and educational resources to patients and families. Founded in 1983 by the parents of children with hydrocephalus, Brett has actively served on the board of The Hydrocephalus Association since 2016.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brett loves to spend his time outside the office fishing, wine tasting, and most importantly spending time with his two dazzling daughters, Sydney and Emerson, and his wife, Farrah.