or


[10/03/05 - 12:00 AM]
The WB Network to Blend Comedy and Alternative Programming Development

[via press release from The WB]

THE WB NETWORK TO BLEND COMEDY AND ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT

Burbank, CA October 3, 2005

TRACEY PAKOSTA AND KEITH COX TO OVERSEE JOINT DEPARTMENT

In an innovative new approach to program development, The WB Network will blend its comedy and alternative programming departments into one entity, Comedy and Alternative Programming Development, it was announced today by David Janollari, The WB's president, entertainment.

The new department will be helmed by two WB development veterans, Tracey Pakosta, executive vice president, comedy and alternative, and Keith Cox, executive vice president, comedy and alternative. Director of comedy development Tal Rabinowitz, along with Eliot Goldberg, vice president, alternative programming, and Jennifer Levi, director, alternative programming, will also be part of the realigned unit. Rabinowitz, Goldberg and Levi will report to both Cox and Pakosta.

�As we've seen first hand with �Beauty and the Geek� and elsewhere on the TV landscape, there's a fine line between comedy and reality programming, and melding these two departments will create more opportunity for us to find big, funny hit shows, whether they're scripted or not,� said Mr. Janollari. �Tracey and Keith are two of the best executives in town, proven leaders with great taste and credibility in the creative community, and this is an out-of-the-box way to make our network�and development process�more agile, flexible and successful. Along with Tal Rabinowitz, Eliot Goldberg and Jennifer Levi, integral members of our development group, we believe both comedy and alternative development will benefit and flourish.�

Pakosta has been with The WB since 1995 when she began as an assistant to Susanne Daniels, president, entertainment. She worked her way through the comedy department before becoming co-executive president, comedy development in 2003. She was instrumental in the development of the network's highest-rated comedy, �Reba,� as well as �What I Like About You,� �Living with Fran� and �Blue Collar TV.� Pakosta also spearheaded development for the new Mutchnick-Kohan comedy, �Twins,� as well as upcoming midseason offerings �Modern Men� and �Misconceptions.�

Cox joined the network in 2001 and, as head of the alternative programming department, bought and developed the hit reality shows �Beauty and the Geek� and �The Surreal Life.� Prior to that he spent three years with The Greenblatt Janollari Studio as senior vice president, creative affairs, where he was part of the team that developed the acclaimed drama �Six Feet Under,� the hit comedies �One on One,� �The Hughleys� and the cult pilot �Heat, Vision and Jack,� starring Jack Black. He began his career as director of programming as part of the team that launched the FX network before a lengthy stint as director of comedy development at Warner Bros. Television, where he developed several shows for NBC's powerhouse Thursday night line-up with Bright-Kauffman-Crane, as well as �The Jamie Foxx Show� and �Baby Blues� for The WB.





  [october 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· BABY BLUES (WB)
· BEAUTY AND THE GEEK (CW)
· BLUE COLLAR TV (WB)
· HUGHLEYS, THE (UPN)
· JAMIE FOXX SHOW, THE (WB)
· LIVING WITH FRAN (WB)
· MISCONCEPTIONS (WB)
· MODERN MEN (WB)
· ONE ON ONE (UPN)
· REBA (CW)
· SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
· SURREAL LIFE, THE (VH1)
· TWINS (WB)
· WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (WB)





[09/29/16 - 08:47 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Charts with "Empire"
ABC's "Designated Survivor" however is the only series to post year-to-year gains for its network.

[09/28/16 - 02:03 PM]
VH1 and Freeform Acquire All Five Seasons of "The Mindy Project" from NBCUniversal's Universal Television
The show will begin airing on both networks in October and episodes will also be available on the VH1 and Freeform apps.

[09/28/16 - 02:02 PM]
Universal Cable Productions Signs Development Deal with Alfred Hitchcock Estate
"Welcome to Hitchcock" is a new original anthology series will focus on a single season-long mystery or crime in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy.

[09/28/16 - 02:00 PM]
"You're the Worst" Picked Up for Fourth Season on FXX
"Expertly written, brilliantly acted, 'You're the Worst' continues to be hilarious and excellent," said Eric Schrier.

[09/28/16 - 01:03 PM]
Bravo Media Serves Up a Double Dose of Sass as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Married to Medicine" Return on Sunday, November 6
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and Shereè Whitfield are all due back on the former series.

[09/28/16 - 12:36 PM]
"The Durrells in Corfu," Premieres 10/16 on "Masterpiece" on PBS
Keeley Hawes stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary 1930's England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children.

[09/28/16 - 12:10 PM]
Young-at-Heart Seniors Take Center Stage as NBC Orders "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" to Series
The comedy/variety series, from Warner Horizon Television, will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, who will also host.

[09/28/16 - 12:01 PM]
Drama Series "Westworld" Debuts Oct. 2 on HBO
Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film "Westworld," written by Michael Crichton.

[09/28/16 - 12:00 PM]
Starz App Launches on Xbox One
Its intuitive content discovery design and navigation offers ease of use and a compelling user experience, regardless of how the consumer purchased a subscription to Starz.

[09/28/16 - 10:20 AM]
OWN Delivers Its Highest-Rated, Most-Watched and Highest-Ranked Quarter in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/28/16 - 09:56 AM]
Celebrate National Coffee Day on Thursday, September 29th with Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, recently wrapped up its eighth season and received a Primetime Emmy(R) nomination this year for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

[09/28/16 - 09:31 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with "The Voice," "This Is Us"
The newcomer posts big gains from the Peacock's audience a year ago.

[09/28/16 - 09:24 AM]
Velocity's "Bitchin' Rides" Returns with Custom Car Guru Dave Kindig Creating Head Turning, Award-Winning Cars
The series returns for season three on Tuesday, October 11 with special back-to-back episodes at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/28/16 - 09:19 AM]
ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game
Entering competition on September 28, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants currently hold the first and second NL Wild Card spots, respectively.

[09/28/16 - 09:06 AM]
History(R) Honors Veterans Day with Special Marathon Event of the New Original Series, "The Warfighters"
The marathon event will be hosted by executive producer Peter Berg and veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz.