Kent Alterman

Comedy Central firms up original content team

Viacom-owned Comedy Central has promoted two execs to oversee content for both the network and fledgling in-house prodco Comedy Central Productions. Jonas Larsen and Sarah Babineau, who previously served as EVPs and co-heads of talent and are credited with shaking up the channel’s scripted efforts, will serve as co-heads of original content. They will oversee […]

Kent Alterman on the lookout for animated comedy

Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president, expressed his desire to find more animated comedies during the Edinburgh International Television Festival. During a Q&A session with comedian Jimmy Carr, Alterman said that it has been difficult to find animated shows that have been able to live in the shadow of long-running toon South Park, which has been […]

Comedy Central boss exits amid falling ratings

Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless has been replaced after a period of ratings decline at the US channel. Ganeless (pictured) will step down at the end of the month with president of original programming Kent Alterman moving into her role. She has been president for 12 years and with Viacom for 25, and will remain […]

Comedy Central bringing Amy Poehler to MIPTV

Comedy Central is flying Amy Poehler to Cannes for a MIPTV session about her new comedy series Broad City. Poehler executive produces the series, which has been performing well on Comedy Central in the US. She will be on a panel session discussing the show alongside Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the exec producers and […]

Hannibal Buress signs up to Comedy Central

US stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress has inked a wide-ranging development deal at Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central. The agreement will see Buress take a recurring role in upcoming Comedy Central series Broad City, make a one-hour stand-up special for the channel and develop and executive produce an original pilot. All of the projects will be […]