Fox Promotes Comedy Exec Samata Narra, Two Others in Development & Programming

Fox has promoted comedy exec Samata Narra to senior vice president of comedy development and programming, Variety has learned.

The company has also upped Jonathan Gabay to the post of vice president of comedy development and programming, plus Tony Tompson to the same position on the drama side.

Considered a shining star at the network, Narra will now be responsible for helping drive comedy development efforts and leading series coverage on Fox’s comedy hits. She will report to Suzanna Makkos, exec vice president of comedy development and programming.

Previously, Narra was veep of comedy development at Fox. In that position, she developed and launched “The Last Man on Earth,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” She was also responsible for overseeing the creative on animated hit “Bob’s Burgers.” Prior to Fox, she was a literary manager at Fineman Entertainment where she repped TV and film writers and directors. Barra began her career at the William Morris Agency, where she worked in the television department.

Gabay joined Fox in 2011 and most recently, served as director of comedy development and programming. He helped in the development of “Bob’s Burgers,” “Enlisted” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” He currently oversees “Last Man on Earth,” “New Girl,” “Family Guy” and “The Grinder” and will be the lead on the upcoming midseason laffer “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life.” Prior to Fox, he was at the CW where he worked on “Smallville,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl” and “Supernatural.”

Tompson joined Fox in 2008 as an assistant in creative affairs at 20th Century Fox TV. He moved to the network in 2010, rising the ranks to director of current programming. After transitioning to the drama department where he was director of development and programming, Tompson has been responsible for development of more than 20 pilots, while also covering “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bones,” “Minority Report” and the upcoming “Houdini & Doyle.” He began his career at WME Entertainment.

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