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Showtime rings in Bell as VP for comedy series

Exec segues from Ufa

NEW YORK — Cindy Bell has joined Showtime Networks Inc. as VP of comedy programming, responsible for developing original comedy series for the pay cabler.

She will also be in charge of producing four or five original comedy movies a year.

She will report directly to Mark Zakarin, executive VP of original programming at SNI.

Showtime recently got back into the comedy series business with the August premieres of “Linc’s” and “Rude Awakening.”

Bell was previously head of development and international co-productions for Ufa Film & Television in Berlin.

Before that, she served as VP of creative affairs for Triangle Entertainment, a division of Paramount Television, which was headed up by Glen & Les Charles and James Burrows, the creators of “Cheers.”

Previously, Bell was director of comedy series development at ABC Entertainment, where she developed scripts, oversaw casting and supervised the production of ABC’s primetime comedy development, including “Coach,” “Home Improvement,” “Wonder Years,” “Family Matters,” “Anything But Love” and “Doogie Howser, MD.”

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