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Comedy Central Promotes Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Co-Heads of Original Content

  • The Wrap
Comedy Central has promoted Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to co-heads of original content, the Viacom-owned network announced on Thursday.

The duo, who previously managed the talent and development teams at Comedy Central, will now oversee all content developed across the network’s platforms, as well as the launch of Comedy Central Productions. They will report to Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land.

Babineau will lead the development of all scripted content developed by Comedy Central, including projects produced Ccp for other outlets, and will liaise with Paramount Players on Comedy Central-branded feature films. She will continue on as executive in charge of production for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

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Larsen will oversee the development of unscripted content developed by the brand, including talk shows, documentaries, specials, as well as all stand-up,
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Comedy Central Promotes Jonas Larsen, Sarah Babineau to Co-Heads of Original Content

  • Variety
Comedy Central has promoted Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to co-heads of original content for the cable network.

In their new roles, they will have oversight for all comedy content developed across multiple platforms including linear, theatrical, live, audio and the newly-formed Comedy Central Productions. They will both report to Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land

“Through their incredible eye for talent and innate ability to develop the right project for the right platform, Sarah and Jonas have helped build the Comedy Central brand into the strongest position it has ever been,” said Alterman. “Working closely with them often makes me feel a little less sharp, but in a good way. We are so lucky to have them.”

In her new role, Babineau will relocate to the west coast, working out of Comedy Central’s Hollywood offices. She will oversee development of all scripted content developed for the brand,
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Comedy Central Ups Sarah Babineau & Jonas Larsen To Co-Heads Of Original Content

  • Deadline
Comedy Central has promoted Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Co-Heads of Original Content for the network. In their elevated roles, the pair will have oversight for all comedy content developed across multiple platforms including linear, theatrical, live, audio and the newly-formed Comedy Central Productions. The promotion was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, to whom each will report.

“Through their incredible eye for talent and innate ability to develop the right project for the right platform, Sarah and Jonas have helped build the Comedy Central brand into the strongest position it has ever been,” said Alterman. “Working closely with them often makes me feel a little less sharp, but in a good way. We are so lucky to have them.”

In her new role, Babineau will relocate to the West Coast, working out of Comedy Central’s Hollywood offices, and have oversight
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Comedy Central Ups Jonas Larsen, Sarah Babineau to Top Content Posts

Comedy Central has promoted Jonas Larsen and Sarah Babineau to co-heads of original content, overseeing development across all platforms for the cable network.

The duo, who have been executive vps and co-heads of talent at the Viacom-owned cabler since 2017, will also oversee content developed at the network's recently launched in-house studio, Comedy Central Productions. Their purview also includes live events, audio and theatrical content. They will report to Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land.

"Through their incredible eye for talent and innate ability to develop the right project for the right platform,...
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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed For Season 3 By Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast

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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed For Season 3 By Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast
On the eve of Yellowstone’s second season premiere tonight, Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode third season of its flagship drama starring Kevin Costner. Joining the show for a major recurring role in Season 3 is Lost and Colony alum Josh Holloway, Deadline can reveal exclusively..

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Oscar winner Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders – land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.

In a season-long arc, Holloway will play Roarke Carter, a handsome, charming, shaggy-haired hedge fund manager with ambitious plans in Montana.

The first season of Yellowstone averaged 5.1 million total viewers per episode, making it 2018’s most-watched new cable series and ranking second across all cable TV series for the year. In addition to a ratings juggernaut, Yellowstone
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Josh Hartnett, Bridget Regan, Nick Nolte & Barbara Hershey Star In ‘Paradise Lost’ Series For Spectrum Originals & Paramount Network

  • Deadline
Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network have finalized a 10-episode series order and set the lead cast for Paradise Lost, a Southern Gothic mystery series from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful) will play the male lead and Bridget Regan is set the female lead in the series, which will co-star Barbara Hershey (Once Upon a Time), Nick Nolte, Gail Bean (Snowfall), Danielle Deadwyler (Gifted) and Shane McRae (Sneaky Pete).

Created and written by Rodes Fishburne (Blood & Oil), Paradise Lost is about a psychiatrist (Regan) who moves with her family from California to her husband’s (Hartnett) hometown in Mississippi only to uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved.

Fishburne will executive produce and co-showrun. Arika Lisanne Mittman (Dexter) also serves as writer and executive producer/co-showrunner, The pilot
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Lauren Dolgen Joins Paramount Network As Head Of Unscripted In Return To Viacom

  • Deadline
Former long-time MTV executive Lauren Dolgen is returning to Viacom as Svp and head of Unscripted Development and Production for Paramount Network.

Dolgen, who starts June 3, is coming off a year-long stint as head of BuzzFeed Studios. Based in Los Angeles, she will report to Keith Cox, President of Development and Production for Paramount Network and TV Land. She is taking over the responsibilities held by Chachi Senior who left the company in mid-January.

Dolgen, who created such unscripted mainstays as Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant during her two decades at MTV, will lead the unscripted development team and oversee original productions.

While Paramount Network had been designated as Viacom’s leading scripted brand, Kent Alterman, who oversees the network, recently stressed the commitment to docu- and unscripted programming on the channel. Paramount Network continues to air hit reality franchises that originated on predecessor Spike, including Bar Rescue, Ink Master and Lip Sync Battle,
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Comedy Central Launches In-House Studio, Sets Deals with ‘Broad City,’ ‘Daily Show’ Producers

  • Variety
Comedy Central has launched a new in-house studio, Comedy Central Productions, and a batch of first-look development deals with producers from some of its key shows, including “Broad City” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.”

The deals, announced Wednesday, include pacts with Paulilu, Anthony King, Irony Point, and Stuart Miller. Paulilu is the production company from Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, who served as executive producers and writers on “Broad City” and the film “Rough Night.” King wrote the musical “Beetlejuice,” and was a writer and executive producer on shows like “Silicon Valley” and “Search Party.”

Irony Point is the production company run by Daniel Powell and Alex Bach. The company’s TV and streaming credits include Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Ugly Americans,” and Netflix’s “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” and “The Break with Michelle Wolf.” Miller is an executive producer
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Comedy Central Launches In-House Production Studio, Signs Multiple Development Deals

Comedy Central has launched an in-house production studio, Comedy Central Productions, it announced on Wednesday.

The new studio will be led by Kent Alterman, who heads up Comedy Central as well as fellow Viacom cable networks Paramount Network and TV Land.

The studio has already signed a slew of development deals, which will create programming for buyers across all TV and digital platforms. These include Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs’ production company Paulilu; Anthony King; Daniel Powell and Alex Bach’s Irony Point (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and Stuart Miller (“Klepper”).

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The Ccp development deals join existing development deals for the Comedy Central network with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Roy Wood, Jr., Jim Jefferies and Chris Distefano.

“For years we’ve been successfully expanding the trustworthy Comedy Central brand beyond linear,
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Comedy Central Launches In-House Studio-Production Arm; Inks 5 First-Look Deals

  • Deadline
Comedy Central continues its brand expansion with the launch of Comedy Central Productions (Ccp), a new in-house studio-production arm, along with five first-look development deals to create original programming for third party platforms.

The network has deals in place with Paul W. Downs and Lucia Aniello’s (Broad City) Paulilu, writer-producer Anthony King (Beetlejuice), Daniel Powell and Alex Bach’s Irony Point (Inside Amy Schumer) and producer Stuart Miller.

Comedy Central Productions is part of Viacom’s ongoing effort in the production space. It started with establishing studio production units at Nickelodeon, MTV and Viacom International Media Networks. They are now joined by Comedy Central, with a Bet in-house production unit also in the works. The mandate for all entities is to create new original content for third party buyers by leveraging existing and new IP.

“For years we’ve been successfully expanding
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Comedy Central Launches In-House Studio With Roster of Overall Deals

Viacom's Comedy Central is launching its own in-house studio, Comedy Central Productions.

The new studio/production arm — which will be overseen by Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land president Kent Alterman — has signed a slew of the network's top producers to multiyear overall deals.

Putting down roots with Ccp are Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs' Paulilu (Broad City, Rough Night, The Other Two); Anthony King (who earned a Tony nomination for writing the musical Beetlejuice); Daniel Powell and Alex Bach at Irony Point (Inside Amy Schumer); and Stuart Miller (Comedy Central's upcoming Klepper).

Ccp ...
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‘Ink Master’ Renewed For Two More Seasons; Spinoff ‘Grudge Match’ Ordered By Paramount Network

Paramount Network is expanding its popular Ink Master franchise across platforms, ordering two more 16-episode seasons (13 and 14) of its hit original tattoo-competition series, and new spinoff series, Ink Master: Grudge Match. Season 13 of Ink Master is slated to premiere in 2020. In addition, Paramount Network has launched a stand-alone Ink Master channel on YouTube, which will be the new home for all Ink Master video content.

While Paramount Network had been designated as Viacom’s leading scripted cable brand, Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land, indicated in an interview with Deadline last week that unscripted will remain an important part of the network’s portfolio with the popular Ink Master, Bar Rescue and Lip Sync Battle franchises, leftovers from the network’s former days as Spike, joined by new additions like Wife Swap.

Season 12 of Ink Master, titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes, will premiere Tuesday,
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Michael Chiklis to star in border drama Coyote from Breaking Bad executive producer

Deadline is reporting that The Shield and Gotham star Michael Chiklis has signed on to executive produce and star in Coyote, a crime drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border, which has been created by Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad).

The potential series will see Chiklis playing Ben Clemens, a United States Border Patrol Agent who, on the day of mandatory retirement, discovers an illicit tunnel used to mainline black market goods into the United States from Mexico – a discovery which puts makes him a target of the criminal mastermind he’s spent his career trying to take down.

“It’s a part tailor-made for him; it’s a really complex character,” said Kent Alterman of Paramount Network. “He’s a border patrol agent, and he is forced into retirement, and then he gets sucked into all sides of that world, the drug cartels in Mexico, the human trafficking and the authorities on the U.
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Paramount Network Chief Explains How They Use ‘Setting as a Character’

Kent Alterman’s plan for Paramount Network, which he took over last fall as president, is for it to steer clear of New York or Los Angeles.

In fact, for Paramount Network, the setting is as much a part of the show as any of the actors. “Part of what makes ‘Yellowstone’ work is that it’s not a very L.A. or New York-centric show,” Alterman told TheWrap.

“Setting as a character has been a really valuable piece [for us].”

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Alterman pointed out that the network’s first original program, “Waco,” and its first hit, “Yellowstone,” even derive their names from where they take place. “[‘Yellowstone’] is kind of a modern day western that really reflects the middle part of the country,” he said. “It has a very broad appeal, but not broadcast-level quality.”

Last October, Alterman, who was
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How Long Does ‘South Park’ Have Left? ‘Haven’t Put an End Date On It,’ Comedy Central Chief Says

How Long Does ‘South Park’ Have Left? ‘Haven’t Put an End Date On It,’ Comedy Central Chief Says
Although “South Park” is of legal drinking age, the longrunning animated comedy figures to go past its upcoming 23rd season, the last on its current deal with Comedy Central.

“We haven’t put an end date on it, and neither has our audience,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman tells TheWrap, who added it’s basically up to Trey Parker and Matt Stone as to when the show will end. “As long as they’re still engaged and interested and bring such vitality to it, we’re all game.”

The upcoming season, likely to air sometime this fall, will push “South Park” past the 300 episode mark, though still leave it some 300 episodes shy of that other long-running animated series in “The Simpsons.” And “The Simpsons” will continue to add to its count, as the now-Disney owned comedy will go for at least 32 seasons.

The show remains as topical as ever,
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Kent Alterman Talks Paramount Network’s Focus On Cinematic, Broad-Appeal Series, ‘Younger’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Moves & More

  • Deadline
In February 2017, Viacom announced plans to rebrand its once testosterone-heavy Spike channel into Paramount Network, envisioned as the company’s leading scripted series brand. A limited series that had just been picked up at Spike, Waco, was selected to launch the rebranded network in January 2018. It was soon joined by the first original scripted series ordered for Paramount Network, drama Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner, as well as a slew of series originally developed/launched at sibling TV Land, American Woman, Heathers, Nobodies, Younger and First Wives Club.

Waco and Yellowstone both did very well, with the latter ranking as 2018’s most-watched new cable series and second across all of cable TV series. The transplants from TV Land did not fare as well: American Woman and Nobodies were canceled, Heathers was shelved, with an edited-down version eventually getting a one-time run on the network. Following that streak, First Wives Club recently
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Michael Chiklis to Star in Drama Series "Coyote" in Development at Paramount Network

  • Variety
Michael Chiklis to Star in Drama Series
Michael Chiklis will star in and executive produce the drama “Coyote” currently in development at Paramount Network, Variety has learned.

The series follows Ben Clemens (Chiklis) who, on the day of his mandatory retirement from the United States Border Patrol, discovers an illicit tunnel used to mainline black market goods into the United States from Mexico. This soon puts Clemens in the crosshairs of the criminal mastermind he’s spent his career trying to destroy.

Josh Gilbert, Michael Carnes, and David Graziano will write and executive produce. Michelle MacLaren is attached to executive produce and direct. MacLaren Entertainment, Darkhorse, and Sony Pictures Television will produce.

Chiklis is perhaps best known for his starring role as Vic Mackey in the FX cop drama “The Shield,” for which he was nominated for multiple Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, winning one of each. He also starred in the popular ABC series “The Commish,
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Michael Chiklis To Star In ‘Coyote’ U.S.-Mexico Border Drama Set At Paramount Network; Southern Saga ‘Heaven Of Hell’ Also In Works With Charter

  • Deadline
As the United States’ southern border continues to be the focal point of much political debate centered around immigration, Paramount Network has put in development Coyote, a scripted drama series starring and executive produced by Emmy-winner Michael Chiklis (The Shield). Additionally, Paramount Network has in the works Southern drama Heaven of Hell, a collaboration with Charter and its Spectrum Originals unit. Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land talked about both projects in an interview with Deadline about his plans for the Paramount Network.

Coyote, from Emmy-winning director/executive producer Michelle MacLaren and Sony Pictures Television, follows Agent Ben Clemens (Chiklis) who, on the day of his mandatory retirement from the United States Border Patrol, discovers an illicit tunnel used to mainline black market goods into the United States from Mexico. This soon puts Clemens in the crosshairs of the criminal
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Kent Alterman Wants "Broad Appeal But Not Broadcast" for Paramount Network 2.0

Kent Alterman has been handed a challenging task: reinvent Paramount Network a year after it was rebranded from Spike TV.

Comedy Central president Alterman added oversight of Paramount Network to his duties in October when he was tapped to replace Kevin Kay at the helm of the Viacom-owned cable network. To hear the executive tell it, his mandate from Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is simple: "Make it work."

To do so, Alterman is using Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone as the prime example of the type of content he's looking for to build up Paramount Network. The family drama ...
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Paramount Network Orders Cop Drama, Michael Chiklis Vehicle

Paramount Network is upping its scripted roster.

The Viacom-owned cable network — now under the oversight of Comedy Central president Kent Alterman — has gone straight to series on a drama called Heaven of Hell from writer Rodes Fishburne (Blood & Oil) and is teaming with The Shield star Michael Chiklis and Breaking Bad favorite Michelle MacLaren for Dark Horse hourlong Coyote, which is in development.

Heaven of Hell is a drama about nontraditional detectives. Fishburne will pen the script for the straight-to-series order and exec produce alongside Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. In a deal that echoes Friday Night ...
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