Comedy Central has named Jill Dortheimer as the company’s new vice president of communications and head of primetime publicity.
In her new role, Dortheimer will report to Steve Albani, senior vice president of communications for Comedy Central, and will be based out of the company’s west coast communications office. She will also oversee the development and implementation of publicity campaigns for Comedy Central’s primetime original series and, together with Albani, contribute to the brand’s overall communications strategy as it expands its presence across digital platforms and into the physical world. Dortheimer will start on December 11.
“There aren’t many brands with as disparate a collection of characters as Comedy Central, so Jill’s experience working with zombies, meth kings, and crooked lawyers definitely gives her a leg up as she embarks on her new adventure in Hollywood,” said Albani. “She is a consummate professional, dedicated to her craft, with outstanding relationships in the creative and media communities and we’re really excited to provide her the opportunity to laugh more while on the job.”
Dortheimer joins Comedy Central from AMC Networks where she most recently served as vice president of public relations for AMC and Sundance TV. In this position and throughout her tenure, she was responsible for launching and sustaining publicity campaigns for new, returning and award-winning series such as “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Night Manager,” and “Hap and Leonard” among others. She also helped create and execute crisis communications plans as needed and spearheaded the coordination of talent and show presences at festival events such as Comic-Con, SXSW and PaleyFest.
Dortheimer began her time at AMC in 2006 as manager of corporate communications, where she helped to manage and execute press strategies across AMC, IFC, WE tv, and IFC Films. Prior to AMC Networks, Dortheimer worked at Rubenstein Public Relations, HarperCollins Publishers and The Howard Stern Show.