David Wolkis Promoted to Senior Vice President of Production for TBS Originals
David Wolkis has been promoted to senior vice president of production for TBS originals. In his newly expanded role, he will continue to manage production for all of TBS's original series, while also adding new responsibilities for enhancing and developing the CONAN brand through its Conan Without Borders specials and other initiatives. Wolkis also collaborates with ad sales on product integrations in TBS originals. He is based in Los Angeles and reports to Mark Weissman, senior vice president of production for TNT and TBS.
Wolkis is a Turner veteran who has been with the company since 2000. Over the past year, he worked on TBS's unprecedented string of hits - Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth, Search Party and the buzz-generating late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee - all of which ranked among cable's most popular new comedy series with adults 18-49 for 2016.
"David is a strategic and innovative executive who has built strong relationships with the talent and production teams behind TBS's original series," said Weissman. "Through his work this past year, he made significant contributions to the launch of our new slate of TBS originals, all of which have turned out to be critically acclaimed hits. I am fully confident he will keep that track record going in 2017 and beyond."
Wolkis started at Turner as an accounting assistant for TNT originals. Since joining the originals production team in 2006, he has been involved in managing the production of several prominent original series, including past projects like TNT's Franklin & Bash and Dallas and TBS's Sullivan & Son and Ground Floor.
A native of Arizona, Wolkis holds a degree in accounting and media arts from the University of Arizona.
TBS, a division of Turner, is basic cable's #1 entertainment network with young adults and home to six of the most popular and critically acclaimed new comedies on cable - Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, People of Earth, Search Party and Wrecked - as well as the animated hit American Dad!. Upcoming comedies include The Guest Book, The Cops, Tarantula and Final Space. TBS also presents late-night comedy in the form of CONAN, starring Conan O'Brien, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and will soon launch the competition series Drop the Mic. In addition, the TBS lineup includes popular comedy hits like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Bob's Burgers, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl and 2 Broke Girls; blockbuster movies; and live coverage of Major League Baseball's regular and post-season play, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and ELEAGUE, Turner's eSports gaming league.
Turner, a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, sports, animation and young adult multi-platform content for consumers around the world. Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., HLN, CNN International and CNN.com, TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, FilmStruck, Super Deluxe, iStreamPlanet and ELEAGUE.