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ABC looks for laughs with Falvey

Alphabet tapping Fox exec as comedy VP

ABC, still struggling to come up with a new laffer hit, has named Fox exec Samie Kim Falvey to take over the net’s comedy department.

Falvey has been named senior VP of comedy development for ABC Entertainment, which she officially joins July 1. She’ll replace outgoing comedy chief Stephanie Leifer, who’s ankling the post at the end of her contract (following the May upfront presentations).

Falvey will oversee development and production of comedy pilots for the Alphabet web. She reports to ABC development & current exec VP Francie Calfo, who made the announcement Monday.

Calfo said she was impressed by Falvey’s “creative instincts” and “broad depth of experience with comedy development.”

“She is a real coup for our division,” Calfo said.

Falvey currently is vice prexy of comedy development at Fox, where she developed the critical fave “Kitchen Confidential,” as well as Sunday skein “The War at Home” and midseason entry “The Loop.”

Her other recent development duties included the animated entry “American Dad,” as well as this pilot season’s Brad Garrett laffer “Til Death.”

Falvey has been with Fox since 1999, when she joined the net’s current programming team. At the net, she has worked on hits such as “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” “Ally McBeal,” “Bernie Mac,” “That ’70s Show” and “Boston Public.”

The exec is married to DreamWorks TV co-prexy Justin Falvey.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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