First Look Media continues to signal a push in original series with the hire of former Comedy Central SVP Original Programming and Development Lisa Leingang. She will serve as SVP, Scripted Programming, based in New York. Leingang’s appointment comes two weeks after First Look Media tapped another Viacom Media Networks alum, Adam Pincus, as EVP Programming and Content, overseeing feature films, TV and digital programming.
Reporting to Pincus, Leingang will head up the development and production of scripted programming, including short form and episodic digital content, as well as long-form programming for TV and streaming. “Lisa’s a fixture in the comedy world, and has an obvious love for an original voice, plus a reliable gut for what audiences will rally around,” Pincus said.
Launched in 2013 by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was originally envisioned as a network of sites run by independent journalists. After some bumps and growing pains the first year, including the public departure of reporter Matt Taibbi, the company broadened its scope beyond journalism after the hire this past summer of Michael Bloom as new president to include media and entertainment with a focus on comedy — still with an independent and counterculture perspective — and is planning to build a state-of-the-art video facility in its Manhattan headquarters.
Comedy is an area Leingang has experience in. Based in New York, for two and a half years Leingang oversaw development and production of Comedy Central pilots and series based on the East Coast and was executive in charge of production for the network’s The Colbert Report. The shows she worked on included Inside Amy Schumer, Jon Benjamin Has A Van, Onion Sportsdome and Ugly Americans. Before joining Comedy Central, Leingang spent four years as VP, primetime programming and development at CBS Entertainment and seven years at NBC and its sister studio holding a number of development and producing positions.
Leingang began her career in comedy managing and booking at the Improv Comedy Club in San Francisco before serving as talent executive on the first three years of HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and then as manager of development and talent executive at MTV Networks in Los Angeles, where she developed scripted and non-scripted series.
Most recently, Leingang served as a network executive for Bravo’s first scripted comedy Odd Mom Out, overseeing development and production of all 10 episodes.