Cable Start-Up Fusion Enlists Former ‘Daily Show’ Producer

Satire to play role in news-and-lifestyle network's programming lineup

David Javerbaum
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Here’s a cable-news network that is likely to have a playful tone.

Fusion, the news-and-lifestyle network backed by Univision and ABC that will tilt toward Hispanic consumers, said Thursday it had hired David Javerbaum, a former executive produer of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as an executive producer. He is expecteed to lead development of an instrumental part of the network’s new rimetime programming and help devise what Beau Ferrari,  exec veep of operations for Univsion Networks and interim president of Fusion, billed in a statement as “the next generation of news satire and comedy.”

Javerbaum is expected to oversee content for all of Fusion’s west coast programming, including a nightly show anchored by journalist and TV host Leon Krauze, as well as deveop new programming concepts.

For 13 years, Javerbaum worked for Comedy Central’s hugely popular “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”  He started as a staff writer, became head writer in 2003, and served as executive producer between 2006 and 2012.  His work for the show won 11 Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, two  Peabody Awards and the Television Critics Association Awards for Best Comedy and Best News Show.

After leaving “The Daily Show,” DJ went on to write the openings for the 65th Tony and 2011 Emmy Awards.  He was recently nominated for a 13th Emmy for his work on last year’s Tony Awards Show.

ABC and Univision have not announced an official start date for the network, but it is expected to launch in the fall.  Satirical elements have already surfaced in some content product the network has quietly been publishing online on a page found at ABCNews.com.