Touchstone TV has firmed up its comedy and drama department structure, promoting several execs and hiring a few more.
Recently appointed creative affairs exec VP Julia Franz put the new lineup in place.
On the comedy side, studio has upped Nina Howie and Jodie Platt to VP, while Patrick Maguire has joined as senior manager and Sarah Hughes has been promoted to manager. The execs report to comedy series VP Alex Weinberger.
In drama, Channing Dungey joins Touchstone as VP, while Michael McDonald hops to the studio as exec director. Nicole Norwood gets a bump to exec director, while Brian Harvey moves up to director. The drama execs report to new department chief Morgan Wandell, who serves as senior VP.
Also promoted is Liz Dickler, who will handle specials and alternative series as manager; she reports to Wandell (for one-hour projects) and Weinberger (on half-hours).
Touchstone prexy Mark Pedowitz lauded Franz for assembling “an amazing team,” while Franz said the execs each “bring something different to the table.”
Howie has been with Touchstone since 2000, working on laffers such as “My Wife and Kids” and “Life With Bonnie,” most recently as exec director in the laffer department.
Platt has been with Touchstone since 2000 and has handled shows including “According to Jim” and “8 Simple Rules.” She moves up from exec director of comedy series.
Maguire segues from sister ABC Entertainment, which he joined in 2002 and where he was a coordinator-assistant.
Hughes also moves over from the Alphabet web, where she was a comedy development assistant.
Dungey makes it to Touchstone after running her own company, Dexterity Pictures, which she formed with Team Todd producer Pamela Post.
McDonald previously was director of drama development at UPN, working on Touchstone series “Kevin Hill,” “Veronica Mars” and “Jake 2.0.”
Norwood joined Touchstone in 2002, working on dramas such as this season’s “Lost,” “Kevin Hill” and “Life as We Know It.” She joined Touchstone from the WB, where she was manager of current programming and drama development.
Harvey has been with Touchstone since 2000 and has worked on series such as “Alias.” He moves up from manager in the drama department.
Dickler came to Touchstone in 2001 after a stint at ATG. She previously was comedy coordinator.