“Generation Y,” a pilot based on the Swedish series “Blomstertid” (“On God’s Highway”), has recently been picked up by ABC Studios.
Developed by 1974 Hobart grad Warren Littlefield’s production company, the Littlefield Company, “Generation Y” is a mockumentary-style show, centering on a group of 20-somethings, with flashbacks to their lives as high school seniors.
Some HWS students got a preview of the pilot script, prior to the Los Angeles Experience Program, organized by the Department of Media and Society and the Salisbury Center for Career Services, so that they could discuss with Littlefield and his employees the process of developing a television show, including revisions to the script and pitching to networks. Between the time HWS students had first seen the script and the pitch to ABC, many revisions were made, but with some rewriting and negotiating, ABC is now on board with writer and executive producer Noah Hawley and Littlefield, also an executive producer.
The Littlefield Company represents the newest chapter in Littlefield’s television career. In 2001 he signed a multi-year deal to develop and executive produce television shows for the Network Television Division of Paramount.
This follows his history-making career at NBC where under his watch as President of the Entertainment Division, NBC won an amazing 168 Emmy awards and numerous other industry honors. In addition, as President of NBC Entertainment, Littlefield oversaw the development and production of NBC’s prime time, late night and Saturday-morning entertainment programming.
During his past three seasons with the network, NBC sold an industry record $6.5 billion in prime-time advertising-$2 billion more than its closest competitor.
While at the network, Littlefield was responsible for developing many of the series that defined quality programming over the past two decades. NBC was the top-rated network during 11 of his past 16 years there. In the past four years, Littlefield helped orchestrate a renaissance at NBC and a return to first place in the ratings race, fueled by a long roster of hit series that he developed. They included: “Seinfeld,””ER,””Friends,””Frasier,””Mad About You,””Just Shoot Me,””3rd Rock from the Sun,””NewsRadio,””Law & Order,” and “Homicide: Life on the Street. ” In his final year at NBC, he supervised the development of “Will and Grace” and “Providence,” both owned by NBC Studios as well as “The West Wing.”
Among a long list of Emmy and audience-winning long form programs, he acquired the holiday film classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and reinvented it as an “NBC Classic”; broadcast the encore presentation of the original “Peter Pan”; and supervised the development of the Emmy winning mini-series “Drug Wars: The Kiki Camarena Story.” He acquired and presented-without commercial interruption-the Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List,” which was seen by more than 60 million Americans in its initial broadcast.
Littlefield joined NBC as Manager of Comedy Development in December 1979. At that time, NBC had no comedies ranked among Nielsen’s top 25 shows. Less than two years later, he was promoted to Vice President of Current Comedy Programs. As the captain of the network’s comedy department, he helped develop award-winning series such as “Cheers,””Family Ties,””The Cosby Show,””The Golden Girls,” and casting Will Smith in “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” During those years, NBC climbed out of the Nielsen ratings basement and went on to enjoy a history-making, six-year ride as the top-rated network.
A native of Montclair, N.J., Littlefield began his career at Westfall Productions in New York City, where he developed and produced prime-time specials and movies. At age 26, he produced “The Last Giraffe,” a made-for-television movie that was shot exclusively on location in Kenya.
He attended the School of Government and Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C., before earning a degree in psychology at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.
Littlefield is currently on the Board of Directors of Dynamic Digital Depth and serves on the boards of the L.A. Free Clinic, Heal the Bay, the Environmental Media Association, the National Coalition of Christians and Jews, and the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television.