Comedy’s Corrao corrals Sharp

Exec nabbed for VP programming

Comedy Central has hired James D. Sharp as VP of original-programming development in Los Angeles, succeeding Mike Maddocks.

Engineering the personnel move was Lauren Corrao, senior VP of original programming and head of development, who joined Comedy Central two months ago. Maddocks has signed a production deal to do a pilot for Comedy Central.

Corrao said she has now solidified her development staff, balanced evenly between Los Angeles, where she’s based, and New York, where Sharp’s equivalent will continue to be Lou Wallach. Reporting to Wallach in New York are Richard Korson and Jessi Klein.

Sharp’s development staff in Los Angeles consists of Zoe Friedman, Margy Yuspa and Angela Howard.

Sharp has been senior VP of creative affairs and production for Broadway Video since 2000. In his career, he produced such series as “Strange Frequency” for VH1 and “Viva Variety” for Comedy Central. He worked previously at Comedy Central in 1996-97 as VP of development.

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