Thom Hinkle, who ran Steve Carell’s Carousel Television, has joined TBS as VP Comedy. Based in Los Angeles, he will oversee scripted development for the comedy-focused network, reporting to Brett Weitz, SVP Scripted Development for TBS and TNT. TBS had been without a dedicated scripted executive since VP Comedy Development Kathy Busby moved to TNT & TBS Original Prods last year. “We found ourselves doing a lot of business with Thom while he was at Carousel, and we loved his taste and the style with which he handles talent,” said Weitz. “It became very clear to us that we would be lucky to have him on our team, leading TBS’ scripted comedy department as we prepare to launch our new comedy Ground Floor and build on the success of our sitcom hits Cougar Town, Sullivan & Son and Men At Work.”
Hinkle, who had been at Carousel TV since its 2009 launch, developed such projects as Tribeca and America’s Least Wanted for TBS, the Rockford Files reboot for NBC, a series starring The Daily Show‘s Jason Jones for Fox, and the movie Bone Wars for HBO. Prior to Carousel, Hinkle served as VP of NorthSouth Prods. Hinkle began his career at The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, where he was hired as a researcher before being promoted to associate producer and field producer. Among the accomplishments he highlights in his bio — becoming Daily Show‘s very first Employee of the Month and a semi-finalist at the Nintendo National Championships in 1990.