Laff vet to oversee current programs

HOLLYWOOD — ABC has named former comedy development exec Glen Adilman to the newly created post of VP programming at ABC Entertainment.

Adilman will supervise day-to-day activity on the Alphabet’s current drama, comedy and alternative series programming. He’ll also keep a hand in the net’s comedy development, working with recently hired laffer chief Julie Glucksman.

New gig for Adilman is designed in part to lessen the workload of ABC exec VP Jeff Bader, who has been overseeing current programs as part of his many responsibilities as the top lieutenant to ABC Entertainment Television Group co-chairmen Stu Bloomberg and Lloyd Braun.

‘A much better way’

“With Glenn, we now have someone who we have a great deal of confidence in managing that side of the business,” Braun said. “He’s got great relationships and showrunners have a great deal of respect for him. I think it’s a much better way to structure the entertainment division.”

While Adilman still will be involved with development, his chief focus will be strengthening and improving programs already on the sked. It’s the first time the Alphabet has had one exec concentrating mainly on current programs since Bader held a VP of current skeins post in the mid-1990s.

“Jeff has so many responsibilities now, it’s hard for him to give (current) the attention it requires,” Braun said. “It’s the lifeblood of the network. It’s as important as development.”

Comedy pedigree

Adilman has been based at ABC since 1998, joining the net as veep of comedy series. During his three years in that role, he helped develop laffers including “Dharma & Greg,” “Spin City,” “Sports Night” and “My Wife and Kids.”

Before joining ABC, Adilman spent seven years at CBS, joining in 1991 as manager of series development for CBS Prods. He ultimately rose to VP of series development for the net’s inhouse production arm.

Adilman also worked as a story editor at Silver Pictures and an account exec at Leo Burnett USA advertising.

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