Amazon Studios comedy executive Sarah Babineau has joined Comedy Central as VP Original Programming and Development, East Coast. She is set to replace SVP Brooke Posch, who is leaving the network at the end of her contract to run Amy Poehler’s production company Paper Kite, based at Universal TV. Babineau and Posch will spend some time working together side by side before Posch departs.
Starting in December, Babineau will oversee development and production of all east coast-based Comedy Central original series and pilots, reporting to Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s President, Content Development and Original Programming. Babineau most recently served as a development and programming executive at Amazon since 2012 and helped launch the company’s foray into original comedy. She oversaw the development of such Amazon series as Transparent, Alpha House, and the upcoming Mozart in the Jungle. Prior to Amazon Studios, Babineau worked in film as a creative executive with Alterman and Michael Aguilar’s Dos Tontos production company, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films. “Having worked with Sarah once before, I’m happy to give her another chance,” Alterman said in his usual deadpan style.
Posch started her relationship with Poehler at Comedy Central where Posch developed series Broad City, executive produced by Poehler. In her post as SVP original programming and development Posch also oversaw Inside Amy Schumer and is developing the upcoming Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. In addition to Broad City, Paper Kite’s series portfolio includes the Poehler starrer Parks and Recreation, heading into its final season, and Welcome to Sweden. The company recently sold a half-hour project with Aisha Muharrar to NBC. Poehler and Paper Kite are repped by WME and 3 Arts.