While The CW gave their superhero comic book series renewals recently, those shows will be making some big behind the scenes changes.
According to Deadline, co-executive producer Beth Schwartz has been promoted to executive producers and showrunner for the upcoming seventh season of Arrow. Current co-showrunner and executive producer Wendy Mericle is exiting the series fully at the end of the current sixth season while co-creator co-showrunner and executive producer Marc Guggenheim is taking a step back to serve as an executive consultant role for both Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which he was also a co-showrunner of.
That leaves both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow with sole showrunners now, with Schwartz on the veteran gritty series and Phil Klemmer handling the time-traveling series.
Schwartz has been part of the Arrow team since it began in 2012, starting as a writers assistant before a promotion to writer and a move up the ranks to a co-executive producer by season six. She was hired by Greg Berlanti, the man that oversees all of the DC CW shows as an executive producer, in 2002 for his WB drama Everwood.
“We are all so incredibly thrilled to announce Beth Schwartz as the new showrunner of Arrow,” Berlanti said. “She has been a source of some of the show’s most exciting and memorable moments from the beginning. Beth is a true leader and a captivating storyteller, and we all can’t wait for the audience to see what she and her team dream up as they take Arrow into its next big chapter.”
The Arrowverse shows have undergone quite a bit of leadership shakeups as of late following the firing of Andrew Kreisberg who was co-creator & co-showrunner of The Flash and Supergirl after sexual harassment allegations. Berlanti stepped in to help The Flash co-showrunner/executive producer Todd Helbing and Supergirl executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller.
For their upcoming fifth and fourth seasons respectively, The Flash will retain Helbing as a sole showrunner and Rovner and Queller will stay on board to lead Supergirl while Black Lightning co-creator/showrunner Salim Akil will stay on board to handle season two.