Shaleen Desai serves as Senior Vice President, Adult Series, Warner Bros. Animation, reporting to Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. In this capacity, Desai spearheads the Studio’s efforts to develop original animated programming for adult audiences.
Desai is a 20-year veteran of the media and entertainment field, most recently serving as Head of Scripted Development at CMT, a Viacom Cable Network, overseeing all development and production on series such as “Nashville,” “Still the King,” and “Sun Records.” Prior to CMT/Viacom, Desai partnered with actor/director/producer Jason Bateman in Aggregate Films, which had a first-look deal with Universal Television. Over the course of that deal, the company produced the NBC series “Growing Up Fisher,” along with selling pilots/series to NBC, FOX and Netflix.
Earlier in his career, Desai served as one of the three founding executives of 20th Century Fox’s cable arm, Fox 21 TV Studios, the prolific studio behind such series as “Sons of Anarchy” (FX), “Homeland” (Showtime), “Brickleberry” (Comedy Central), “Free Ride” (FX) and “Saved” (TNT), among many others.