MTV Expands New York Comedy Development
Names Haynes SVP, brings on Gwozdz, Posch to round out comedy development team
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/16/2009 4:42:40 PM
The network has been expanding its comedy footprint this year, greenlighting a number of shows in the genre, including Warren the Ape and Hard Times.
"Comedy has always been in MTV's DNA, and series like Beavis and Butt-head, The Tom Green Show, Human Giant, and Remote Control have helped define the brand," DiSanto said in a statement. "We've decided to formalize the development process around this genre to increase the volume and diversity of content. Brent Haynes has great comedic taste and sensibility, and is the perfect leader for this new department as we continue the creative evolution at MTV."
In addition, Haynes has brought aboard Jason Gwozdz as VP of comedy and animation and Brooke Posch as senior director of comedy and animation.
Gwozdz had been co-founder of Project 10, a Toronto based production company, and before that worked with Haynes at Canada's The Comedy Network
Posch had been director of development for Crossroads Films, and is executive producer for Downtown Girls, which will debut on the network in 2010.
"Jason's experience in creative and production will help ensure that we deliver the kind of comedy our audience wants. Brooke has an amazingly talented eye for comedy, whether it's spotting great talent, great scripts or solid ideas," said Haynes in a statement. "Their addition to this team will help us walk comedy through MTV's doors and wind it up like a manic toy monkey before letting it out again. We are incredibly fortunate to have both of them as we continue to build the genre and develop comedic programming that will force our audience to stay indoors and watch TV for years to come."
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