Warner Bros. has tapped former Fox and Disney TV executive Garth Ancier to head programming for its new fifth network, which is set to premiere early next year.
Ancier, who is teaming up with his former Fox boss and current WB Network President Jamie Kellner, will continue to produce the syndicated talk show "Ricki Lake" and divide his time between New York and Burbank.
Kellner has also recruited former Fox executives Bob Bibb and Lewis Goldstein to head advertising and on-air promotion. Both worked with Kellner and Ancier in the early days of the Fox network.
Ancier said he expects to be putting WB Network programming staff in place shortly after "Ricki Lake" finishes production in a couple of weeks. He said the new network will take a page from the launch of Fox and premiere with one night of programming in the spring or summer, increasing to two nights of programming by the fall of 1995.
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