Comedian-writer Hannibal Buress (30 Rock) has signed a development deal with Comedy Central. The pact includes a pilot commitment for a project Buress will executive produce; a one-hour stand-up special; a nationwide Comedy Central Live stand-up tour; and a recurring role on the network’s upcoming series Broad City.
EXCLUSIVE: Bad Advice From My Brother, a half-hour comedy project based on Jordan Pope Roush’s blog of the same name, has received a cast-contingent pilot order from Comedy Central, where the project was originally set up last April. Written/executive produced by Roush and executive produced by Brad Copeland (The Inbetweeners), the project follows the adventures of two brothers: Jason, the older, not necessarily wiser brother who has spent most of his post-college life chasing women and the almighty dollar on Wall Street, and Ben, his younger brother, who moves to Manhattan to live with Jason. Jason sees this as an opportunity to reflect on his mistakes and steer Ben onto an opposite path. Unfortunately for Ben, Jason’s advice is usually misguided and creates more problems than solutions.
Comedy Central has created CC Studios, a new in-house production unit that will develop content, concepts and talent for digital platforms. It will be headed by Allison Kingsley, who has been named VP Digital Development. She was previously VP Digital at Ovation. The move comes a week after Comedy Central’s head of original program Kent Alterman was promoted to president, adding the channel’s website to his purview to oversee the development and production of original content across all platforms. ”Allison uses techy words I don’t understand, so I know she’s the right person for the job,” Alterman said. “Plus, as an added bonus, she has a great comedy sensibility.” The new division will centralize the network’s digital efforts which have previously spread out through marketing, as digital extensions to the linear channel’s existing series, and through atom.com’s production unit among other venues. “We took a step back from all of that, and we wanted to develop in a multi-platform way to make it more organic,” Alterman said. CC Studios will work with Comedy Central on-air talent, some of whom, like Daniel Tosh, already have an extensive digital presence, as well as up-and-coming talent. Projects that lands themselves more to digital development will be steered to the new division. After evolution online, some of them can make the transition to the linear channel. CC Studios’ inaugural slate includes four projects currently available for viewing. The first three were developed through the digital unit, the fourth was originally set up at the network. Here are details:
Two weeks into its freshman run, Nick Kroll’s sketch pop culture series Kroll Show has been renewed by Comedy Central for a second season with a 10-episode order. “Nick plays his characters with such comedic conviction, it’s become obvious he has a serious personality disorder,” said Comedy Central’s president of original programming Kent Alterman. “We hope another season will help him discover who he really is.” Added Kroll, “All of me are very excited.”
The Writers Guild of America West and Comedy Central have reached an agreement two months after the Guild ordered members to stop working on the cable networks shows if there was no WGA contract in place. Members were informed via email …
Comedy Central‘s head of original programming and production Kent Alterman is getting a president title. Alteman has been promoted to President, Content Development & Original Programming. He will continue to be based in Santa Monica and report to Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless. In his previous role as EVP and head of original programming and production, Alterman oversaw the development and day-to-day operations of all original programming on Comedy Central’s linear channel. Now he is adding the channel’s website to his purview, overseeing the development and production of original content across all platforms. Alterman plans to use the Web as a “digital marketing extension (of Comedy Central’s existing shows) to engage viewers with original content.” Additionally, he plans to boost the development of original digital programming, some of which could migrate to TV as traditional series. Speaking of the linear channel, in the next six months Comedy Central will launch more original content than any other time in the network’s history, Alteman said.