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Former Nick Exec Audrey Diehl Joins Warner Bros. Animation As V-P of Series

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) announced today that Audrey Diehl has joined the studio as vice president of series.

Audrey Diehl.
Audrey Diehl.

Diehl, a 14-year Nickelodeon veteran, will develop new animated programming for WBA, while also overseeing some of the current family shows. She will have broad oversight on creative and production-related matters for animated programming, and will be charged with finding and developing animated properties aimed at families. She will also collaborate with existing creative talent at the studio, and will spearhead the search for new writers, producers, and artists for future development.

“Audrey has a very impressive track record of developing and producing highly successful, high quality series throughout her career, and we are very happy to welcome her to our team,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, to whom Diehl will report. “This is an extremely exciting time to be working at WBA, with more than a dozen current series in production or on the air, and more to come. We look forward to Audrey contributing right away to our continued growth.”

Diehl joins WBA at a time when the studio is enjoying a boom period, with 13 series in production, including Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go! and the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, New Looney Tunes, The Tom and Jerry Show, and Wacky Races for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; and Young Justice: Outsiders for the upcoming DC-branded digital service.

Her last role at Nickelodeon was vice president of animation development, where she managed the network’s slate of development projects in comedy, action, and adventure for kids 6-11. At Nick, she oversaw the the development of the upcoming Pinky Malinky, as well as Sanjay & Craig, Harvey Beaks, and Pig Goat Banana Cricket, and worked as creative executive on El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Fanboy & Chum Chum, and The Penguins of Madagascar, among others.

Prior to her 14 years at Nick, she was an entertainment journalist, who served as associate editor at Teen Magazine’s TeenMag.com. She holds a BA in English, with an interdisciplinary emphasis in film, from Stanford University.

Diehl was among a handful of executives who signed the recent letter in which women in L.A.’s animation industry demanded an end to sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • Anonymous

    I hope she gets Warner Bros. putting out some new and creative series instead of Loony Tunes and DC Heros.

  • Trokon Hufnagel

    If anything, I’d rather Audrey Diehl reinforce the presence of the Looney Tunes; I feel that this studio is going through a dark age: for several years, there hasn’t been a legitimate theatrical entry in the Looney Tunes franchise since Journey 2, the latest DTV movies feature classic Hanna-Barbera characters with WWE wrestlers for quick money, and worst of all, the DTV market is OVERSATURATED with nothing but SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES to the point where they barely make any new Looney Tunes content, let alone original content. To me, Scooby-Doo is WB’s mascot now, not Bugs Bunny anymore, and maybe soon, Emmet Brickowski, or Wyldstyle, or worse, the Teen Titans! From where I stand, WB animation is the Scooby Doo factory.

    But with Audrey Diehl, things have a chance of turning around. I look back to the 1990s, when WB had 3 hit comedy cartoons with the same spirit of the classic stuff under the careful watch of Spielberg, and when Scooby-Doo actually had a refreshing direction. Back when we had shows based off the Looney Tunes, like Duck Dodgers, and those early 2000s webtoons, which might have been Lola and Bugs’ most iconic moments since Space Jam, back when they KNEW they were the home of Bugs Bunny, and took every moment to remind people of it. When they had a clear focus and identity.

    Now, all I ever see on Wal-Mart shelves are endless lines of Scooby-Doo movies. And the pointless Tom and Jerry crossovers like The Wizard of OZ or the chocolate factory. I see the latest Tom and Jerry flash series, and the animation is so stiff and shallow, despite snappy timing, lacks the very heart of those original shorts that hold up so well, why even blow millions of dollars on a weak flash series doing what the original did best? Be cool, Scooby Doo is also a weak attempt on capitalizing on the latest Gravity Falls series, from the quirky female character to the art style. It’s overall still the same show, but they lost the iconic run cycles that endeared the Mystery Inc gang to me. Wabbit does everything that Paul Rudish’s Mickey Mouse shorts did, but wrong: the shorts aren’t wedged between shows, another art style that further deviates from the original style when ANOTHER reboot already did that, and because all the shorts have Bugs Bunny in them and little to no other Looney Tunes characters, that it comes off as something that, while OK, isn’t as strong like TLTS, or even the original shorts. Also, their latest show, Unikitty, it’s just another TTG.

    I hope Diehl realizes this, and forces the company to shift course from what they’re doing now, and redirect their resources, talent, and prioritize on the franchise that explains WHY they even have an animation division in the first place, while also coming up with original IPs. I can’t forget about the heyday these characters had in the 1990s/2000s and the dominance and legacy this studio had back then. I also hope that that Animaniacs reboot that’s been in talks lately finally comes to light too, but, you know, wishful thinking..

    • Dave 52

      What is would be wrong with Emmet Brickowski being the face of WB Animation? I mean it was his movie that made WB decide to do animated films again after Bugs and the gang brought it down. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Looney Tunes and would like them to come back in a movie or show that fully does the characters justice, but I feel that until then I am okay with characters like Emmet being the stable of WB Animation. Honestly, when you look at, Scooby Doo is only the mascot of WB in terms of Direct To DVD films. When it comes to actual theatrical animated films, It’s The LEGO Movie gang that are the mascots and that’s not a bad thing. Nothing against Scooby, but The LEGO franchise has a lot of trademarks that harken back to the WB age of animation with the Looney Tunes from the fast pace, the clever writing, the non stop gags, and the constant sense of anarchy.