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Sandra Dewey
President, TNT and TBS Productions and Business Affairs, Head of Studio T, Turner

Sandra Dewey oversees business affairs and production for TNT and TBS, and business affairs for several other networks across the Turner portfolio including Cartoon Network, truTV and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), as well as for new media and advertiser-sponsored initiatives, in her capacity as president. As head of Studio T, the in-house studio for TNT and TBS, she oversees the operation and P&L of the studio business, as both networks produce more and more of their own content. Dewey is based in Los Angeles and reports to Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT, and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment.

Dewey’s current focus is on the pivot from linear television to an omni platform business with numerous revenue streams, and ever expanding experiences for the viewing, listening, and interactive audience. It’s a new age for media, and Sandra is delighted to engage with Turner in strategizing and executing its transition.

With respect to the networks’ original programming, Sandra has closed deals that have paved the way for TBS’ new rebrand, including Samantha Bee and Jason Jones for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Detour; Steve & Nancy Carell and Rashida Jones for Angie Tribeca; and newcomers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley for Wrecked. All four shows rank among cable’s Top 10 new comedies of the year, with Wrecked and The Detour at #1 and #2. Dewey recently oversaw deals for the critically acclaimed drama series Animal Kingdom, as well as the upcoming TNT series Good Behavior, Will, Foreign Bodies and Tales from the Crypt. Dewey’s work has also included supervising the deals for truTV hits like Billy on the Street, Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect and Adam Ruins Everything, as well as Cartoon Network’s Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time and Emmy®-winning Over the Garden Wall, among many others. Among Dewey’s many past achievements for Turner, she served as chief negotiator on the deal to bring Conan O’Brien to TBS.

In 2011, Dewey spearheaded the business model for TNT’s first global series, Falling Skies, which went on to be a worldwide success. Over the past five years, the success of Turner’s programming on a global scale has redirected the business to focus on the creation of high-profile content with international appeal, to be fully owned by Turner.

Prior to her current position, Dewey served as executive vice president, head of business affairs, for Turner Entertainment Networks and Cartoon Network Originals since. During that period, she was heavily involved with the growth and strategic evolution of the networks’ original programming, as well as its expansion in the global market.

Prior to joining the Time Warner family, Dewey was an associate at the law firm Greenberg Glusker where she worked closely with Bert Fields.

In addition to her regular duties for Turner and her role as a busy mother of two, she leads the Los Angeles division of Turner Women Today, a resource and mentoring group for Turner women in the workplace. In 2014, she was recognized by Working Mother Magazine as Turner’s Working Mother of the Year. Dewey has also been a participant in the Betsy Magness Leadership Program, Time Warner Chairman’s Leadership Program, and the Time Warner’s Breakthrough Leadership Program.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.