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Parul Agrawal named head of drama at Warner Bros. Television

Indian American drama executive has risen through the ranks from the bottom of corporate ladder

Parul Agrawal, a longtime Indian American drama executive at Warner Brothers Television, has been promoted to senior vice president and head of drama development, according to media reports.

Reporting to Clancy Collins White, executive vice president and head of development, she succeeds Leigh London Redman, who left in July to become President of Berlanti Productions, Deadline reported.

Agrawal will spearhead the creation of WBTV drama series, limited series, and movies for Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max, external streaming services, cable, and the broadcast networks.

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Agrawal is a homegrown WBTV talent. She had done a couple of assistant stints in development and production when she joined the studio in 2010.

Starting from the bottom of the corporate ladder, she rose through the ranks to director and eventually VP drama development in 2019, according to Deadline.

A Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, alumna, she worked on several well regarded series including HBO’s Lovecraft Country, the Gossip Girl reboot, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and the upcoming The Girls on the Bus — all for HBO Max.

Agrawal has also worked on Bad Monkey for Apple TV+, Keep Breathing, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Maid for Netflix, All American, All American: Homecoming, Batwoman, Black Lightning, Gotham Knights, Kung Fu, Riverdale, Supergirl, Superman & Lois, and Roswell, New Mexico for the CW, Blindspot and the upcoming Found for NBC, Castle Rock for Hulu, God Friended Me for CBS, and Fox’s Prodigal Son.

She has worked closely with such producers and production companies under deals at WBTV as Alloy Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions, Berlanti Productions, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Elizabeth Banks, Ava DuVernay, Mindy Kaling, Bill Lawrence, and Nkechi Okoro Carroll.

Agrawal started her TV career as the script coordinator on AMC’s Mad Men.

Agrawal’s promotion comes shortly after Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it would be laying off 82 employees from the Warner Bros. TV Group, while also opting not to fill 43 open positions, accounting for at least 26 per cent of the group’s workforce.

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