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Levin: 'WB reached new hights of quality'

The Frog’s feeling generous, doling out big promotions Wednesday to development toppers Mike Clements, Tracey Pakosta and Carolyn Bernstein.

Clements and Pakosta will now serve as co-exec VPs of comedy development, while Bernstein has been upped to exec VP of drama development.

All three execs previously served as senior vice presidents in charge of the WB’s development.

“This past season the WB reached new heights of quality and viewership,” said WB Entertainment prexy Jordan Levin, to whom the trio reports. “Mike, Tracey and Carolyn can be credited with a great deal of that success.”

Bernstein handled development on upcoming drama entries “Tarzan” and “One Tree Hill,” as well as returning hourlongs “Gilmore Girls,” “Smallville” and “Everwood.”

She joined the net in February 1999, serving as senior VP of alternative development and VP of drama development; before that, she was VP of drama development at Columbia TriStar TV, where she worked on “Dawson’s Creek.”

“Along with (drama development VP) Maria Grasso, Carolyn has continued to take a seed of an idea and nurture it along the development process into becoming a special defining property for the network,” Levin said.

As for Clements and Pakosta, the duo developed newcomers “All About the Andersons,” “Like Family” and “Run of the House,” as well as returning skeins “Reba,” “What I Like About You” and “JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.”

Clements first joined the WB in August 1999 as VP of current programming and VP of inhouse Michigan J. Prods.; he previously served in Fox’s comedy department. Pakosta first joined the WB six years ago as former entertainment prexy Susanne Daniels’ assistant.

“Mike and Tracey have formed a team that has defined the WB comedy brand and, for the past three seasons, significantly improved the quality of the auspices we work with and the shows they develop,” Levin said. “They have the ability to identify original voices and often develop shows directly under the Michigan J. Prods. banner with writers they believe in.”

Also at the net, four more staffers have been upped: Tal Rabinowitz has been named director of comedy development; Jay Potashnick has been promoted to director of program scheduling; Mike Marks will now serve as manager of current programming; and Leslie Patent will handle programming associate duties.

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