Comedy Central Taps Alterman To Lead Programming

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Comedy Central has brought back one of its own to lead its programming efforts.
The network has named Kent Alterman head of original programming and production.  Alterman, who will report to Comedy Central president Michele Ganelss and be based in the network's Los Angeles office, succeeds Lauren Corrao, who left at the end of 2009.

Alterman, who led Comedy Central's New York development office before exiting in 2001, will be responsible for the development and day-to-day operations of all original programming on Comedy Central, overseeing the development teams in both Los Angeles and New York.

During his previous tenure at Comedy, he developed Strangers with Candy,The Upright Citizens Brigade and Viva Variety, among other programs.

After leaving the network he moved into feature films, where he oversaw films such as Elf, Little Children and A History of Violence for New Line as a development executive. He also directed and executive produced Semi-Pro, starring Will Ferrell.

"We welcome Kent back to Comedy Central with open arms," said Ganeless in a statement. "With his experience in both film and television comedy and his strong relationships within the comedy community, he is the perfect fit for the job."

"I've known and worked with Kent for many years and we are excited to have him rejoin the Comedy family," said Doug Herzog, president of the MTV Networks Entertainment Group, in a statement. "Kent is one of the preeminent creative executives working today. His finely tuned comedic instincts are sure to bring great new programming to the channel."

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