Grasso hops to Warners TV

Universal TV senior vice president of comedy development Maria Grasso has joined Warner Bros. TV in the same position.

Grasso is replacing Maria Rastatter, who is expected to leave Warner Bros. before her contract expires, sources said. Grasso reports to Tony Jonas, president of Warner Bros. TV.

Grasso’s hire is the latest in a series of personnel changes at Warner Bros. TV this summer. The studio recently hired a new No. 2 executive, Gary Levine, and tapped Craig Hunegs as its new business affairs chief. Top drama developer Nina Tassler also is in talks at CBS, sources said.

Rastatter gave no indication where she’s going, although sources say she has interviewed for a number of network and studio jobs in recent weeks. One source said she’s angling for the No. 2 position at Universal TV under newly installed president Ken Solomon.

When Grasso was at Universal, she helped develop comedies such as “Something So Right,” “Mr. Rhodes,” “Partners” and the upcoming “The Tom Show.” She also helped sign writers such as Judd Pillot & John Peaslee (“Coach”), Mark Driscoll (“Ellen”), Maya Forbes (“The Larry Sanders Show”), Peter Noah (“Anything But Love”), David Richardson (“Larroquette”) and Ralph Farquhar (“Moesha”).

Grasso first joined Universal in 1992 as a director of comedy development, and she rose to senior VP there early this year. Before that, she was director of development at Comedy Central and she held various positions at MTV.

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