Comedy Net Axes Zaks

The housecleaning at Comedy Central continues: West Coast vice president of programs Laurie Zaks has been shown the door by new president-CEO Doug Herzog.

Zaks had been with the network since its inception.

Since coming to Comedy Central from MTV last June, Herzog has been retooling the service. Eileen Katz, another MTV alumnus, was brought in as senior vice president of programming.

While Herzog cleans house below, it is still unclear what Comedy Central’s status will be on a corporate level. The network is jointly owned by Viacom and Time Warner. Viacom’s MTV Networks handles much of the affiliate relations and ad sales while top execs had reported to HBO chairman Jeff Bewkes and MTV Networks chairman Tom Freston. But with the Turner merger pending, HBO may be folded into TBS, which means the reporting order for Comedy Central could be shifted.

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