Touchstone touches up laffer unit

Studio elevates Weinberger, Howie, Platt

Touchstone Television has promoted three comedy execs, including Alex Weinberger, who has been upped to vice prexy of the department.

Weinberger handles new comedy development and also oversees current series such as “My Wife and Kids” and “It’s All Relative.” She’ll continue to report to Touchstone TV president Steve McPherson, who made the announcement Tuesday.

McPherson also named Nina Howie and Jodie Platt to the posts of executive director, comedy series. The duo were previously directors in the division.

“Alex, Nina and Jodie’s talent, dedication and invaluable work at Touchstone over the last three years have truly earned them these promotions,” McPherson said.

Weinberger first joined Touchstone in September 2000 as director of comedy, overseeing series such as “Scrubs” and “Daddio.” She was upped to executive director of the department in July 2002.

Started at ‘Letterman’

The exec began her career as a talent and writers’ assistant on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Her resume also includes three years as manager of comedy series at ABC, where she handled production on “The Drew Carey Show,” “Spin City,” “Home Improvement” and “Dharma and Greg.”

Before Touchstone, Weinberger was director of development for Bruce Helford’s Mohawk Prods.

Howie, meanwhile, continues to handle development and current series such as “Life With Bonnie,” “Hope & Faith” and “Less Than Perfect.” She joined Touchstone in September 2000.

Platt also manages development and oversees current series “According to Jim” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.” She’s been with Touchstone since August 2000; before that, she was a comedy series coordinator at ABC.

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