Touchstone has found its new heads of comedy and drama, naming Morgan Wandell and Alex Weinberger to the posts.
Wandell, most recently programming prexy at Channel One News, joins the studio as senior VP of drama series, while comedy series VP Alex Weinberger has expanded her scope to oversee all laffer development.
The restructuring was announced Friday by Touchstone creative affairs exec VP Julia Franz, in her first announcement since accepting the post last month.
Both execs report to Franz, who in turn reports to Touchstone TV prexy Mark Pedowitz.
Move marks a homecoming for Wandell, who served as a director of creative affairs at Touchstone in the late ’90s and worked in its current and development departments (handling shows such as “Home Improvement”). Franz worked with Wandell during his time at the studio.
“We’ve been in the trenches together in the past, so knowing we have that shorthand made this a very easy decision,” Franz said.
Wandell takes over for Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, who has moved over to run the drama division at sib net ABC. Exec had been with Channel One since June 2000 and had served as president of programming since October 2003. It was his second tour of duty at the youth-oriented programmer; he began his career there as an intern in 1993.
Wandell joined Channel One from Digital Entertainment Network, an online firm that targeted Gen Y at the height of the dot-com boom.
Weinberger, meanwhile, has been VP of comedy at the studio since October 2003. She first joined Touchstone as a director of comedy series in September 2000. Her credits include handling skeins such as “My Wife and Kids” and the upcoming “Rodney.”
Before that, Weinberger was director of development at Bruce Helford’s Mohawk Prods. She was also a manager of comedy at ABC Entertainment and a writers’ assistant for “Late Show With David Letterman.”
Franz said Weinberger was her “first and only choice to head the division.”