or


[09/21/04 - 12:00 AM]
Brian Banks Named Senior Vice President, Comedy Development, Paramount Network Television

[via press release from CBS]

BRIAN BANKS NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COMEDY DEVELOPMENT, PARAMOUNT NETWORK TELEVISION

Brian Banks has been named Senior Vice President, Comedy Development, Paramount Network Television, it was announced by David Stapf, President, Paramount Network Television.

Banks, who will report to Maria Crenna, Executive Vice President, Paramount Network Television, will oversee all aspects of comedy series development for Paramount.

Banks joins Paramount from CBS Productions (CBSP), where he played an integral role building the Network's in-house unit into one of the top suppliers of network programming.

As Vice President, Comedy Series at CBSP, he oversaw both current programming and development, working on some of CBS's most successful comedies, including "The King of Queens," "Yes, Dear," "Still Standing" and UPN's "Half and Half." For the upcoming season, Banks was part of the development team for the new CBS comedies "Listen Up" and "Center of the Universe."

"At CBS, the current department worked very closely with CBS Productions," said Stapf. "I've seen first-hand how good an executive Brian Banks is. He is creative, collaborative and has a great eye for what makes successful television. His talent, track record and relationships in the community will be important assets as we strive to build this studio into a programming powerhouse."

"I feel privileged to have worked with Brian for the past eight years," said Crenna. "He is a gifted executive, an exceptional human being and a trusted friend. His sense of humor, integrity and respect for the creative process create a collaborative environment that enables everyone involved to realize their vision."

Banks replaces Rose Catherine Pinkney, who most recently held the position of Senior Vice President, Comedy Development. "Rose Catherine has been an important part of Parmount's success for many years," said Stapf. "Everyone here joins me in expressing appreciation for her accomplishments and contributions to the studio. We wish her many future successes."

Banks joined CBS Productions in August 1997. He was promoted to Manager, Creative Affairs in July 1998 and was then named Director, Comedy Series in 1999 before becoming Vice President, Comedy Series in December 2002.

From 1994-97, Banks worked at Warner Bros. Television, ultimately serving in the comedy development department as assistant to Crenna, who was Senior Vice President, Comedy Development at Warner Bros.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., English).





  [september 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (CBS)
· HALF & HALF (UPN)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· LISTEN UP (CBS)
· STILL STANDING (CBS)
· YES, DEAR (CBS)











[10/20/14 - 03:29 PM]
"Gold Rush" Season Five Premiere Tops Cable Television on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/20/14 - 02:02 PM]
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting to Perform Original Song for 100th Episode Of "Hawaii Five-0," Nov. 7
The song, titled "All For One," will premiere during the broadcast of the milestone episode.

[10/20/14 - 01:20 PM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series Ever "Party Down South" Keeps the Party Going This Holiday Season with Two All-New, One-Hour Specials
"Party Down South: Drunksgiving" airs Thursday, November 20 followed by "Party Down South: Christmas Hangover" on Thursday, December 18.

[10/20/14 - 01:19 PM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Seven New Series
"America's Most Desperate Kitchens," "Log Cabin Living," "Shalina Joy Project" and "Real Estate Riches" are on tap at the former while "First Time Flippers," "Miami Rehab" and "The Treehouse Guys" are coming to the latter.

[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.