EXCLUSIVE: Veteran comedy executive Jane Wiseman is joining Netflix‘s original programming team as senior executive, reporting to Cindy Holland and working alongside senior execs Peter Friedlander and Nina Wolarsky. Netflix doesn’t have defined beats though Wiseman is expected to focus on comedy while also crossing over to drama. She is the first network/studio development executive to join Netflix — Holland is a Netflix veteran from its pre-original programming days, while Friedlander and Wolarsky came from the Paytone and Smoke House production companies, respectively. Wiseman spent the past two and a half years at 20th TV-based Chernin Entertainment as SVP Comedy. Before that, Wiseman was SVP Comedy Development for NBC and sister studio and Universal TV (then UMS). During her tenure, Wiseman, who joined NBC in 2005 as VP Comedy Development, developed such series as Parks And Recreation, Community and Up All Night while also spending time in the Alternative Department developing reality series. Before NBC, Wiseman was director of comedy development at Fox, where she played a key role in the development of Arrested Development and The Simple Life. Arrested Development, of course recently got a second life on Netflix with a new season. The streaming service’s original series portfolio also includes dramas House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.
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