[08/17/09 - 10:02 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Hires Lisa Leingang as Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, East Coast
Leingang spent four years at CBS Entertainment as vice president, primetime programming and development.

[via press release from Comedy Central]


CBS Network Exec Assumes Post At COMEDY CENTRAL In New York

NEW YORK, August 17, 2009 -- COMEDY CENTRAL has named Lisa Leingang, senior vice president, original programming and development, east coast, it was announced by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, to whom she will report. In her new role, Leingang will oversee development and production of all COMEDY CENTRAL original pilots and series based on the east coast.

Prior to joining COMEDY CENTRAL, Leingang spent four years at CBS Entertainment as vice president, primetime programming and development. In that post, she oversaw development of scripted series, working with top talent including Tracy Letts, Rob Riggle and Alex Gibney, among others. She also handled the current executive duties on east coast-based pilots and series including "Love Monkey," "3LBS," and "The Good Wife" as well as covering the international market. Additionally, she produced a monthly comedy showcase of top New York comedic talent. Prior to CBS, she spent seven years at NBC Studios/Universal Media Studios as vice president, comedy development, where she secured the first TV development deal for "Flight of the Conchords" after seeing them perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also developed the first TV projects with Broken Lizard and Demetri Martin, among others.

"I am truly excited to have Lisa lead our NY Development team at COMEDY CENTRAL," said Corrao. "She has an incredible track record of discovering and nurturing great comedic talent coming out of NY and even overseas. Her experience, relationships and comedic sensibility make her the perfect candidate for ramping up our development efforts on the East Coast."

Before her tenure at CBS Entertainment and NBC Studios/Universal Media Studios, Leingang was director, development at MTV in Los Angeles. Leingang holds a BA in English from Boston College.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 95 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is www.comedycentral.com.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, Gametrailers and Xfire.

  [august 2009]  

· 3 LBS. (CBS)

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