Col taps Hanel VP TV comedy

Michael Hanel has been named VP, comedy development, at Columbia Pictures TV, continuing the reconfiguration of the company’s creative affairs department under exec VP Jeff Wachtel.

Hanel, who had been veepee of current programs, will be responsible for comedy development, reporting to Mindy Schultheis, who heads that area.

Wachtel, who formerly oversaw drama programs, was named to head both areas in April, with Jeff Klein subsequently promoted to VP of drama.

Hanel has been at Columbia since 1983 in various production and executive capacities and was named to his most recent position last year.

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