Comedy Central’s Kent Alterman is making his first major executive move since being promoted to president of the network, upping Sarah Babineau to SVP Original Programming and Development, East Coast. Babineau, who oversees the New York development team, joins Jim Sharp, EVP Original Programming and Development, West Coast, and Jonas Larsen, SVP Talent and Specials, as Alterman’s senior development team.
“Sarah continually exceeds my expectations,” said Alterman, to whom Babineau will continue to report. “Clearly I need to ask more of her.”
Since joining Comedy Central in 2014 as VP Original Programming and Development, East Coast, Babineau has played a key role in the launches of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, series on which she is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central. She also serves as Comedy Central’s Executive in Charge of Production for both Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City and developed and was the EICP for Comedy Central’s recent miniseries Time Traveling Bong starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Paul W. Downs.
Among the projects Babineau is developing are the untitled Jessica Williams pilot, in which the Daily Show correspondent brings her point of view to a narrative scripted series, executive produced and written by Williams with Naomi Ekperigin; a late-night talk show presentation hosted by Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper; and Storytime, based on the web series created by Chioke Nassor, which follows three comedians who re-create personal stories by playing every character in their story in dreamlike re-enactments and is executive produced by Above Average and Nassor.
Babineau and her East Coast development team have also been key contributors to Comedy Central’s digital and social expansion, developing original series for Comedy Central’s Discover Channel on Snapchat and shortform content for cc.com including Delco Proper, New Timers and Used People, all of which recently received script orders for linear series.
Babineau joined Comedy Central from Amazon Studios, where she served as a development and programming executive since 2012 and helped launch Amazon’s foray into original comedy, including the award-winning series Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, in addition to Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House.