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AngelWho Is Jordan Levin, The Man Who Cancelled Angel
Thursday 19 February 2004, by Webmaster
Everybody should know his enemy!
Even Angel fans. So we did a little research to learn more about Jordan Levin, the man who cancelled Angel.
Jamie Kellner, founding architect of The WB Television Network, is turning over the leadership reigns of The WB to longtime colleagues Garth Ancier, Jordan Levin and Jed Petrick when he steps down as chairman/ceo at the end of the 2003-04 television season.
Ancier will become chairman of the network, taking over Kellner’s big picture, forward thinking, strategic planning responsibilities as well as having the network’s cfo and general counsel report to him.
Levin will take over Kellner’s day-to-day operational duties as ceo, retaining his current programming duties, while adding business oversight of the operational running of the network. Both Ancier and Levin will report directly to Meyer.
Petrick, as president/coo, will report to Levin, retaining responsibility and oversight for advertising sales, network distribution, broadcast standards, research, administration, human resources, The WB 100+ station group and Kids’ WB!
Jordan Levin joined The WB Network in 1994 as its first Head of Comedy Development and Current Programming. As the new network grew into prominence, so did Mr. Levin’s career,culminating with his appointment as the network’s President of Entertainment in June 2001, at the age of 33. Since the inception of the network, he has been involved in all key programming decisions and was instrumental in building The WB’s distinctive brand and identity. Mr. Levin oversees all aspects of primetime drama, comedy and reality development as well as casting, current production and program scheduling. One of the youngest network presidents in the history of broadcast television, Mr. Levin was the first programming executive hand-selected by Jamie Kellner, Garth Ancier and Susanne Daniels to launch and build America’s fifth broadcast network.
Mr. Levin and his development team have had unparalleled success in attracting prestigious feature film writers/producers to the network. The WB has also launched more big-screen careers than any other network by identifying relative unknowns who have gone on to become the next generation of motion picture stars. In addition, The WB’s long-standing relationships with many industry giants have resulted in follow-up collaborations with the likes of Aaron Spelling, Joss Whedon and Kevin Williamson. Mr. Levin has led The WB to the forefront of corporate synergy efforts within AOL/Time Warner, and he has successfully established and maintained win-win partnerships with every major studio since the network’s inception.
Mr. Levin has been recognized industry-wide for his ability to program positive role models for young women, including an honor from Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold.
Prior to The WB, Mr. Levin served as Director of Comedy Development at Walt Disney/Touchstone Television, where he developed such series as "Ellen," "Boy Meets World" and "Bakersfield, P.D." He began his career directly out of college as a Programming Associate. Mr. Levin was one of the founders of the Walt Disney Writers Fellowship Program, which provides opportunities to underrepresented writers and encourages diversity in staffing.
A Dean’s List and Cum Laude graduate with special honors from The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Radio-Television-Film, Levin majored in television and film theory and criticism with special focus on the evolving role of the broadcast television networks. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for The University of Texas College of Communication and is a member of its Chancellor’s Council.
In 2001, Mr. Levin was honored by the Los Angeles Free Clinic, for which he is a current board member. He is also a member of the Entertainment Task Force of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and a frequent speaker and guest panelist for several prominent groups, including The Aspen Institute, the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, numerous universities and writers workshops, The Writers Guild and The Directors Guild. He often serves as a judge for comedy festivals, television awards and writing competitions.