Showtime Networks has hired Brendan Countee as VP Original Programming. He starts this week, overseeing original series and reporting to President of Programming Gary Levine.
Countee comes from a strong comedy background. He most recently was head of comedy at Hulu, where he oversaw the development and production of the streaming service’s comedy series including Casual, The Mindy Project, Difficult People, the upcoming Future Man, sports docu-series Behind The Mask, The Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Election Special and animated series The Awesomes. Before that, he was a writer-producer who developed film and TV comedy projects.
Comedy has been an area where Showtime is making a major push with one newly picked-up series, I’m Dying Up Here, and pilots White Famous, Mating and SMILF.
“As Showtime continues to increase its footprint across platforms and expand our series and limited series output throughout the year, we are excited to also grow our programming department,” said Levine. “Brendan brings an incredibly diverse background to the job – in comedy as a writer/performer, as a respected development executive and with his accomplishments in the streaming world. Most importantly, he’s bright, talent-friendly and passionate — qualities we truly value here at Showtime.”
Countee left Hulu a little over a week ago. A search for his replacement is underway.
Earlier in his career, Countee served as a writer and producer for Alleyoop Media, where he created, co-wrote and produced branded entertainment for companies including Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Beats by Dre and Microsoft. He also co-founded Handsome Donkey Productions, a production company that develops, writes and directs original comedy programming for web and television.