Cartoon Network’s VP original series Rob Swartz is leaving the cable network after a three-year stint to return to his alternative series roots, this time as a producer. His last day is today. At CN, Swarz led the development and current teams and oversaw development and current programming for all of CN’s original animated, live-action and alternative series, including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Mad, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex, Young Justice, Hole in the Wall, Dude What Would Happen, and Destroy Build Destroy. He joined CN from Syfy, where as VP alternative programming he developed and launched Destination Truth and was responsible for overseeing the successful Ghost Hunters franchise. Here is an internal memo from CN chief content officer Rob Sorcher announcing Swartz’s departure:
Rob Swartz has decided to pursue a career track producing alternative format series, as a producer. I am very grateful to Rob for his 3 years of service here, wish him only the very best on this new venture, and hope to continue our relationship with him as an independent producer.
Nick Weidenfeld and Tramm Wigzell will now report directly to me, each of them continuing to run their Comedy and Action groups respectively (while Nick also continues with his Adult Swim duties, reporting into Mike Lazzo). Curtis Lelash will supervise comedy animation development for kids and all current animated series productions, reporting to Nick inside the comedy group. Rafael Garcia will continue to supervise alternative formats reporting to me.
Rob’s last day in the office will be this Friday, so please join us in thanking him for all of his many contributions across a diverse array of programming types both new and established, and wishing him well!
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