Thomas Charles "Tom" Werner (born April 12, 1950) is a television producer, screenwriter, director, and businessman. Via his investment in Fenway Sports Group (originally New England Sports Ventures), Charles serves as chairman of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club. He also was the former majority owner of the San Diego Padres. He also served along with Marcy Carsey, with whom he has a production company, The Carsey-Werner Company, as co-executive producer of Roseanne and the upcoming spin-off series The Conners.
Werner was born in New York City to a wealthy Jewish family. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School in Salisbury, Connecticut, and earned an English studies degree from Harvard University.
In 1973, Werner entered television by working for ABC-TV. In 1975, he became the Director of East Coast Prime Time Development. Werner was promoted to senior vice president of the prime-time development department in 1979. While at ABC, Werner and his partner Marcy Carsey saw Robin Williams in a comedy club and launched [[Mork & Mindy. Werner also oversaw the development of Bosom Buddies which started the career of Tom Hanks, as well as Soap which started the career of Billy Crystal and Taxi which started the career of Danny DeVito.
Werner co-founded The Carsey-Werner Company with Marcy Carsey in 1980. In this capacity he served as executive producer of such television programs as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70s Show. Werner made nearly $600 million selling episodes of The Cosby Show for syndication. In 1999, he was honored at the Museum of Television and Radio.
During the administration of President Bill Clinton, Werner and Carsey were close friends and frequent advisers to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In 2000, Werner, Carsey, and longtime partner Caryn Mandabach joined Oprah Winfrey to start Oxygen, a 24-hour cable channel serving the modern woman.