JON KOA NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, COMEDY DEVELOPMENT, FOR CBS ENTERTAINMENT
Respected network and studio veteran Jon Koa has joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, it was announced today by Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment, to whom he'll report.
In his new role, Mr. Koa will oversee all comedy development for CBS Entertainment's primetime programming.
"Jon is a tremendously experienced television executive with an obvious passion for the development process," said Kahl. "His reputation among his peers and the creative community is impeccable and he will be an extraordinary addition to the CBS team." Added Sherman, "It was imperative we find just the right individual to lead our comedy team. Jon has tremendous creative chops and a keen eye for spotting writing that resonates. I look forward to working closely with him."
Most recently, Mr. Koa served as Senior Vice President, Scripted Television for Condé Nast Entertainment since 2015, where he oversaw the development of the independent production entity's series for network, streaming and cable. He also mined the publisher's intellectual properties (including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and others) for new film and television content.
Prior to joining Condé Nast, Mr. Koa served as Executive Director, Comedy Programming and Development, for the ABC Television Network from 2009 to 2015, where he was a member of the development team that launched "Black-ish", "Fresh Off the Boat" and "The Goldbergs," and was intimately involved with the development, launch and current programming of such series as "Happy Endings," "Dr. Ken," "Scrubs," and several others. He began his entertainment career in 2006 in the drama development department at Universal Television, serving in ever-more-responsible roles and ultimately rising to Vice President of Drama Series. While there, he worked on such series as "House," "Parenthood," "Monk" and "Battlestar Galactica."
Mr. Koa graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.