Warren Littlefield is the founder and President of The Littlefield Company which represents the latest chapter in his television career. He is the Executive Producer with creator/show runner Bruce Miller of The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss for Hulu and MGM. In its first year, The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel won 8 Emmy Awards including Best Dramatic Series and The Television Critics Association named it Best Drama and Program of the Year.
He also serves as Executive Producer on FX’s television adaptation of the Academy Award winning film, Fargo, alongside Noah Hawley, Joel and Ethan Coen and John Cameron. In its first year, Fargo won a Peabody, multiple Emmys, Golden Globe, AFI, Producers Guild and Critics Choice Award for Best Mini-Series. In three seasons, Fargo has been nominated for 52 Emmys and won 6.
While at NBC, Littlefield was responsible for developing many of the series that defined quality programming. As head of the comedy department he developed The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, Alf and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In his last four years, Littlefield orchestrated 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, Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order. In his final year at NBC, he supervised the development of Will & Grace, Providence and The West Wing. He initiated the development of Law & Order: SVU, which began the industry trend of procedural spin-offs. Actor Bob Balaban portrayed Littlefield in the HBO film, The Late Shift as well as a handful of memorable episodes of Seinfeld.
Littlefield is also widely regarded as the NBC executive who hired and tirelessly supported Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show following the retirement of the legendary Johnny Carson. This controversial decision led to NBC’s return to dominance in late night. He also oversaw handing David Letterman’s late-night spot to Conan O’Brien. Littlefield had nothing to do with putting Jay Leno at 10 p.m.
In May 2012, Doubleday books published Littlefield’s The New York Times bestselling memoir Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV which documents his record breaking years at NBC.