ABC has dipped outside of the TV pool to find a new head of comedy, hiring feature film exec Julie Glucksman for the post.
Glucksman officially starts next week as vice president of comedy development. She joins the Alphabet web from director Betty Thomas and Jenno Topping’s Tall Trees production company.
Glucksman replaces longtime comedy head Carolyn Ginsburg Carlson, who departed the Alphabet web earlier this summer.
The exec will oversee all primetime comedy development and will report directly to ABC Entertainment Television Group co-chairs Stu Bloomberg and Lloyd Braun, who made the announcement Tuesday.
“A number of people in the community, both at the networks and at agencies, had told me about Julie and how impressed they were with her, how her mind worked and the ideas that she generated,” Bloomberg said. “She’s incredibly well-read and looks at the world in a unique way.”
Bloomberg and Braun looked outside the traditional network TV circles for Carlson’s replacement. Bloomberg said he wanted to find an exec who hadn’t toiled under TV’s unwritten “rules.”
“I want somebody who is looking at the world, looking at what’s going on and why people are acting that way, and apply that to a comedy,” he said. “We also wanted somebody who will say, ‘Why not? Why not try this?’ ”
Glucksman had been a producer at Tall Trees since 1999. While there, she produced film, TV and Internet projects, including the ABC drama pilot “Silicon Follies” and upcoming Screen Gems feature “Lone Star State of Mind.”
Glucksman said she was attracted to “the pace, the volume and the variety of projects I can work on (at ABC).”
“It’s a kind of challenge I couldn’t resist,” she said.
As for her film background, Glucksman points out that the feature and TV worlds continue to merge.
“There’s so much crossover between the two that it doesn’t feel like as big a transition as it might seem,” she said.
Prior to Tall Trees, Glucksman was vice president of motion pictures at Imagine Entertainment, where she served as an executive on projects such as “Bowfinger.” She also worked her way up to director of development at the Samuel Goldwyn Co., where she worked on projects such as “The Madness of King George.”
The Harvard grad started off as an agent trainee at the Intertalent Agency.
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)