MTV Networks-owned Comedy Central has named Lisa Leingang senior vice president of original programming and development based on the East Coast. Leingang will be based in New York, where she will oversee development and production of all of the network’s original pilots and series based here.
Leingang will be filling a position left vacant by Lou Wallach last December, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Most recently, Leingang spent four years at CBS Entertainment, where she served as vice president of primetime programming and development. Prior to that, she worked as vice president, comedy development for NBC Studios/Universal Media Studios, where she helped get a TV development deal for the comedy/singing duo Flight of the Conchords and developed the first TV projects for many comedians and comedy groups, including Broken Lizard and Demetri Martin.
This new position at Comedy Central is a return to comedy for Leingang, as well as a return to MTV. Before joining NBC, Leingang worked as a director of development at MTV in Los Angeles.
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COMEDY CENTRAL HIRES LISA LEINGANG AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND DEVELOPMENT, EAST COAST
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NEW YORK, August 17, 2009 — COMEDY CENTRAL has named Lisa Leingang, senior vice president, original programming and development, east coast, it was announced by Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, to whom she will report. In her new role, Leingang will oversee development and production of all COMEDY CENTRAL original pilots and series based on the east coast.
Prior to joining COMEDY CENTRAL, Leingang spent four years at CBS Entertainment as vice president, primetime programming and development. In that post, she oversaw development of scripted series, working with top talent including Tracy Letts, Rob Riggle and Alex Gibney, among others. She also handled the current executive duties on east coast-based pilots and series including “Love Monkey,” “3LBS,” and “The Good Wife” as well as covering the international market. Additionally, she produced a monthly comedy showcase of top New York comedic talent. Prior to CBS, she spent seven years at NBC Studios/Universal Media Studios as vice president, comedy development, where she secured the first TV development deal for “Flight of the Conchords” after seeing them perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also developed the first TV projects with Broken Lizard and Demetri Martin, among others.
“I am truly excited to have Lisa lead our NY Development team at COMEDY CENTRAL,” said Corrao. “She has an incredible track record of discovering and nurturing great comedic talent coming out of NY and even overseas. Her experience, relationships and comedic sensibility make her the perfect candidate for ramping up our development efforts on the East Coast.”
Before her tenure at CBS Entertainment and NBC Studios/Universal Media Studios, Leingang was director, development at MTV in Los Angeles. Leingang holds a BA in English from Boston College.