Tal Rabinowitz Tapped as NBC's New EVP, Comedy Programming
Will replace the departing Jeff Ingold in June
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/20/2011 1:34:36 PM
Rabinowitz will oversee all aspects of comedy programming, beginning in June.
Rabinowitz comes from Sony Pictures Television, where she most recently was the SVP of comedy development and digital programming. She was involved in the development of series such as ABC's Happy Endings, Showtime's The Big C and Fox's Breaking In.
"[Tal] is exactly the kind of creative executive to guide our comedy development as we plot the future of NBC," said Greenblatt.
Prior to her days at Sony, Rabinowitz served as the director of comedy development for The WB Television Network.
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An award-winning documentary by Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett
In 2005, after winning First Grand Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival, and four years later a similar honor at the Fargo Film Festival, “Abel Raises Cain,” a comedy feature, has defied the laws of Hollywood’s jungle. Its “legs” remain unstoppable.
During February 2011, “Abel Raises Cain” completed a four-thousand mile tour of southern colleges and museums in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Audiences of all ages were mesmerized, reacting with sustained laughter and standing ovations.
At South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, the sold out screening had to be held in their spacious planetarium and projected on the ceiling. It was somewhat eerie to observe a full house of patrons laughing and applauding, while lounging on the horizontal easy chairs designed for overhead viewing.
In New Orleans, to accommodate an overflow crowd, “Abel Raises Cain” was also projected on the side of a three-story building next door. Even traffic halted to view the movie. At its conclusion, horns honked and a marching band appeared, playing “The Saints,” adding to the excitement of cheers, shouts and applause. What a tribute for filmmakers Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett!
After each screening, Jenny took the stage to field questions from the elated audiences. They all registered their surprise and delight at this first view of the young filmmaker who deftly handled queries. When asked where her father was, that was his cue to appear from backstage for standing ovations and applause. Alan Abel was a secret guest and he joined his daughter for more banter with audiences.
During its past and present screenings, “Abel Raises Cain” has won major awards at film festivals in Canada, England, Denmark, Germany and France. Copies of the DVD, with a commentary and extra features, are available from its website: www.abelraisescain.com
Alan Abel will be featured in his off-Broadway show this summer, “Jester At Large,” along with fellow pranksters Paul Hiatt and Frank Murgalo. Details are to be announced soon on his website: www.alanabel.com
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