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Melanie Frankel Exits As ABC Signature Head Of Comedy

Melanie Frankel is leaving ABC Signature where she served as head of comedy for the past two years. According to sources, Frankel opted to depart before the end of her contract. She has not yet decided what she will do next. Meanwhile, ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios, is searching for a new head of comedy, with Frankel staying on as a consultant until a replacement is found.

CBS Taps Jon Koa To Head Comedy Development

Jon Koa, the former Condé Nast Entertainment and ABC executive, will be executive VP comedy development for CBS Entertainment. He takes over for Julie Pernworth, who left the broadcast network in June.

Chet Dave To Head Comedy At Disney’s 20th TV

Longtime studio exec Chet Dave has been promoted to head the studio’s comedy division. He replaces Cheryl Dolins, who left the studio in December. Dave, who will hold the SVP comedy development title, will report to EVP Development Carolyn Cassidy.

Tracey Pakosta New Netflix Head Of Comedy

NBC Co-President of Scripted Programming Tracey Pakosta is leaving the broadcast network to join Netflix as head of comedy, reporting to Global TV head Bela Bajaria. Pakosta will oversee both development and current programming for Netflix’s slate of scripted comedy series including adult animation and live-action family comedies.

ABC Is Keeping Network Comedy Relevant

The state of network comedy is pretty bleak. The only network that’s creatively thriving is ABC. The alphabet network has been building a recognizable, intelligent and scaleable comedy brand since Modern Family premiered in 2009; and in 2016 that brand reached maturity with shows like American Housewife and Speechless (above).

Salke: NBC Won’t Cancel Comedies Quickly

NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke made a case for her network’s redefined comedy brand and teased its upcoming digital streaming plans to compete with ABC and CBS All Access. Salke used her time on a New Voices in Primetime Comedy panel late Friday at SeriesFest in Denver to touch on diversity and competition from cable and streaming platforms as well as NBC’s reworked comedy brand.

Comedy No Longer Central To Primetime TV

Comedy may still be a desired staple of primetime TV, but broadcasters haven’t found much to laugh about for the upcoming season.

NBCU Plans To Launch Comedy Video Service

NBCUniversal is preparing to launch a subscription digital comedy service aimed at millennial viewers who watch hours of entertainment on digital devices rather than the old-school TV. NBC’s proposed over-the-top service is expected to launch later this year, according to two executives familiar with the plans

TV Nets Set 46 Comedies For Next Season

TV networks working on next season’s new shows still are prepping plenty of CIA and FBI agents, hospital staffs and supernatural doings. But what they really want is comedy: 46 of them, a recent record, are vying for slots on the four major networks, all of which hope to increase the number of half-hour sitcoms they air next season.

Comedy King Once Again On Networks

Reality competition shows look close to the saturation point, while comedy is becoming more popular, as the new broadcast season unfurls. Among the big winners is the rejiggered Two and a Half Men on CBS, which pulled in 26 million viewers when it premiered, and the big Emmy winner Modern Family, on ABC.

Two Comedy Projects Land At NBC, ABC

Web Offers Comedy Copycats Library To Steal

Comedian Dan Levy, Jamie Tarses Make NBC Deal