Comedy Central taps Corrao sr. VP

Exec to supervise development staffs; talent, online depts

Comedy Central has gone outside the network for its new senior VP of original programming and head of development, hiring Lauren Corrao.

Corrao was most recently a partner of Peter Tolan at Touchstone TV, where she was exec producer of such series as “The Job” with Dennis Leary. She succeeds Debbie Liebling in the post.

“Lauren’s background encompasses both broadcast and cable TV,” said her new boss, Bill Hilary, executive VP and general manager of Comedy Central. “She knows how to produce comedies that are both edgy and commercial.”

Based in Los Angeles, Corrao will supervise the development staffs in both L.A. and New York. She’ll also be in charge of Comedy Central’s talent and online divisions.

Before Touchstone, Corrao spent four years at Fox Broadcasting, serving as VP of comedy development and as VP of alternative and late-night development, working on such series as “That ’70s Show,” “Mad TV” and “King of the Hill.”

Corrao spent her first decade in television with MTV, rising to vice president and executive producer.

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