Video: Greg Berlanti on ‘Arrow’/’Flash’ Crossover & Breaking Barriers With LGBT Characters

New to 'Arrow' this season is Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum, with Emily Bett Rickards), a gay, black superhero. (CW)

Take an out writer/producer whose intention was never truly to be a TV mogul and pair him with a powerful studio (in this case, Warner Brothers) and that’s the relationship on the surface between Greg Berlanti and President/Chief Content Officer Peter Roth.

Berlanti has been in the TV game since he joined the (then-WB) series “Dawson’s Creek” but quickly grew his own TV empire by creating shows like “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Eli Stone,” Brothers & Sistersand the miniseries, “Political Animals.”

But it’s been Berlanti’s partnership with Warner Brothers Television that has been most fruitful with past series like “Everwoodand “Jack and Bobby” and a current slate of hit shows spattered across the CW (Arrow,” “The Flash,” the upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow”), CBS (Supergirl“) and NBC (“Blindspotand The Mysteries of Laura“)

Last week in Beverly Hills at the Paley Center for Media, Berlanti and Roth sat down with Variety’s Debra Birnbaum to talk about their partnership and making great television. I grabbed a few minutes with both of them before they took to the stage to ask about their relationship and, for Greg, after breaking ground with LGBT characters over the years, what’s next?

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Next up is Berlanti and Roth talking about why their relationship is one that works in the world of TV:

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