Warren Littlefield

Executive, Producer, Production assistant
One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in network television during the 1980s and 1990s Warren Littlefield rose to prominence at NBC during its lengthy reign as the home of "Must See TV. " As a young ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1952 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seinfeld Story 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Pitch 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sciography 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Stinks 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG: Beyond the Scenes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

Fargo 2013 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Generation 1991 - 1996, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Love, Inc. 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Like Family 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Do Over 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Giraffe (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

One of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in network television during the 1980s and 1990s Warren Littlefield rose to prominence at NBC during its lengthy reign as the home of "Must See TV. " As a young development executive, Littlefield was taken under the wing of NBC president Brandon Tartikoff in 1979. As Tartikoff's right-hand man, he helped revive the in-decline network with a string of hit comedies that began with the long-running "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), soon to be followed by the likes of "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-1992) and "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992). One of Littlefield and Tartikoff's biggest risks also led to one of their greatest success stories - the rule-breaking sitcom "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), a show "about nothing" that went on to be considered one of the greatest series of all time. With the departure of his mentor, Littlefield stepped into his new role as NBC Entertainment President, and while sitcoms like "Mad About You" (NBC, 1992-99) were still on the menu, he placed increased focus on such dramatic fare as the career-launching medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Another breakout hit sitcom "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and the progressive comedy "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) rounded out the executive's impressive career at NBC prior to his stepping down in 1998. Unrecognized by the vast majority of TV viewers, during his heyday, Littlefield helped to shape the very landscape of television for nearly two decades.

Relationships

Theresa Littlefield

Wife

Emily Littlefield

Daughter

Graham Littlefield

Son

EDUCATION

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva , New York 1974

School of Government and Public Administration, American University

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

1999

Formed Littlefield Co., a TV production outfit

1998

Left NBC to form joint venture with network to produce programming on a non-exclusive basis

1991

Car he was driving while on vacation in Italy fired at during a police search in a case of mistaken identity

1991

Assumed solo responsibilities for NBC Entertainment

1990

Appointed president of NBC Entertainment with Tartikoff, soon to be en route to Paramount, still in charge as chairman

1987

Became senior vice president for primetime, NBC

1985

Promoted to senior vice president, NBC

1983

Appointed vice president, comedy programs, NBC Entertainment

1981

Promoted to vice president for current comedy at NBC; later that year became vice president for comedy development

1980

Became director of current comedy programs at NBC

1979

Received producer credit for the CBS TV-movie, "The Last Giraffe"

1979

Worked briefly for Warner Brothers as director of comedy development

1979

Noticed by Brandon Tartikoff; served as manager of comedy development for NBC

1977

Was vice president in charge of development and production for Westfall Productions

Entered the entertainment business after college, working as a go-fer for a small New York-based production company

Grew up in Montclair, New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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During a party, Brandon Tartikoff referred to Littlefield and NBC senior vice president Perry Simon as "the Milli Vanilli of programming", referring to the singers exposed for lip-synching their music. Littlefield, however, did not see anything scathing in the remark: "You have to understand Brandon's sense of humor. It's National Lampoon humor. That's part of the fun. We thought of showing up in a meeting in dreadlocks [the hairstyle of the fraudulent pop duo]. I wasn't hurt at all by that comment." Littlefield, however, has admitted that "We fought about shows, casting. It was tough sometimes. He was very demanding....In 11 years of a relationship you're going to have some frustrations. . . . A lot of it was like brothers. Brothers fight and brothers at times want to inflict a punch that hurts. But I have tremendous respect and affection for him." (Quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 11, 1991)

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Littlefield was unanimously elected to a one-year term as president of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (June 1992)

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