Touchstone TV programs Platt for laffers

Exec to oversee comedy department

Touchstone TV has shuffled its comedy department, naming Jodie Platt to oversee its laffer operations. Platt, who will now serve as head of comedy at Touchstone TV, replaces Alex Weinberger.

Weinberger remains with the studio but has opted to pull back from day-to-day oversight of the department in order to divide her time between work and home.

Both execs continue as veeps of comedy development. Platt reports to Touchstone creative affairs exec VP Julia Franz.

“I’ve watched Jodie grow into a phenomenal executive,” Franz said. “She has earned the opportunity to lead the department.”

Move is timed to the end of pilot season, as a new development season gears up with Platt in command. Platt will now be in charge of all comedy development and production at the studio.

This season exec oversaw development on pilots currently in contention, including the Elton John-produced “Him & Us,” the Heather Locklear starrer “Women of a Certain Age” and the Wayne Brady vehicle “Flirt.” Platt’s past credits include helping develop the Alphabet’s “According to Jim” and “8 Simple Rules,” as well as this season’s “Crumbs” and “Courting Alex.”

Platt joined Touchstone in August 2000 as a manager of comedy series. Before that, she held jobs at ABC and Fox.

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