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Sara Gilbert & Tom Werner Launch Sara + Tom TV Production Company
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The Conners executive producers Sara Gilbert and Tom Werner have teamed up to launch a production company, sara + tom. The duo has tapped Mandy Summers as Head of Production and Development.
Sara is one of the most creative people I have ever worked with. I have admired her and loved her since she came into my office and crushed the reading of the role Darlene in Roseanne. She is as creative a talent behind the camera as in front of it. Im grateful that she is partnering with me to create new content, and I hope the next three decades together is as fruitful as the last three.
Gilbert and Werner’s working relationship dates back over 25 years, when 13-year-old Gilbert was cast as Darlene in the original Roseanne, which Werner executive produced. Fast forward two decades, Werner and Gilbert were main driving forces behind the highly rated Roseanne reboot for ABC, which they executive produced. When the reboot was suddenly canceled over star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, Gilbert and Werner led the charge to keep the franchise going, which resulted in spinoff The Conners. The new series quickly established itself as ABC’s No.1 comedy series and was renewed for a second season.
Werner is best known for co-founding the Carsey-Werner Company with Marcy Carsey, which is responsible for sitcom hits including Roseanne, Cosby Show, and 3rd Rock From the Sun. Under Werner Entertainment, Werner executive produced the Roseanne revival and its spinoff, The Conners, which Gilbert also stars in and executive produces.