CW finds laffer leader

Fleary completes team as comedy chief

The CW has found its head of comedy, tapping UPN exec Kim Fleary to head its laffer development team.

Fleary will serve as exec VP of comedy development for the net. She’ll report to CW prexy Dawn Ostroff, who confirmed the appointment Wednesday.

With Fleary’s hiring, Ostroff has put the finishing touches on her core exec staff. She’s now hired heads for all key departments, including drama development and current programming.

Most recently, Fleary headed up comedy for UPN, where she’d worked as senior VP since 2002. She had a hand in developing the net’s “Everybody Hates Chris” and “All of Us,” both of which are making the switch to the CW this fall.

Ostroff cited Fleary’s “breadth of experience” in announcing her hire.

“She has keen creative and comedic instincts and is a wonderful collaborator on every level,” Ostroff said.

Fleary’s resume includes a stint heading development for Brandon Tartikoff’s H. Beale Co. Before that, she worked at ABC, rising to senior VP of comedy/variety series development.

At the Alphabet, Fleary had a hand in developing hit laffers such as “Home Improvement,” “Roseanne,” “The Wonder Years” and — before it went to NBC — “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

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