COMEDY CENTRAL® Promotes Kent Alterman To President, Content Development & Original Programming

  COMEDY CENTRAL® Promotes Kent Alterman To President, Content Development &
                             Original Programming

Development Topper to Oversee All Original Development for the #1 Brand in
Comedy, Consolidating All Content Creation under One Department

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Kent Alterman has been promoted to
President, Content Development & Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL, it was
announced by Doug Herzog, President, Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group
and Michele Ganeless, President, COMEDY CENTRAL. Alterman will continue to be
based in the brand's offices in Santa Monica, CA and report to Ganeless. He
was formerly Head of Original Programming and Production, responsible for the
development and day-to-day operations of all original programming on COMEDY
CENTRAL's linear channel.

In his new position, Alterman will oversee the development and production of
original content across all platforms produced by the #1 brand in comedy.
With COMEDY CENTRAL's move to consolidate all content creation under Alterman,
regardless of platform, fans will receive more extensions of existing
franchises, which will see deeper social and digital integrations, as well as
a rededicated push to incubate new voices, concepts and future franchises, all
with social strategies integrated into every stage of development (more on
these initiatives will be announced shortly).

Alterman will also continue to oversee COMEDY CENTRAL's Talent and Specials
team, which is responsible for identifying and developing the next generation
of comedy stars and producing the brand's stand-up series and specials, as
well as special event programming such as the Emmy^®-nominated "COMEDY CENTRAL
Roast" franchise and the star-studded "Night of Too Many Stars" autism
benefit.

Additionally, Alterman and the Talent team will be more closely aligned with
COMEDY CENTRAL's Enterprises division, headed by Mitch Fried, to maximize the
brand's talent partnerships and initiatives across the category-leading brand
extensions, including Consumer Products, Home Entertainment, Records, Live
Entertainment and Publishing. Under this new alignment, Fried will report to
both Ganeless and Alterman.

"Kent's relationships with the creative community run deep and his track
record in working with and developing strong, unique comedic voices is
unparalleled in the comedy world," said Herzog.

"In consolidating all content development under Kent's direction, COMEDY
CENTRAL is breaking the wall between linear, digital and social development,
with a strategic vision that great content is great content, no matter what
platform," said Ganeless.

Said Alterman, "I couldn't be more excited to continue my relationship with
COMEDY CENTRAL. I couldn't be less excited either. I really feel I have the
perfect level of excitement for this job."

Since returning to COMEDY CENTRAL in 2010, Alterman and his development team,
led by Jim Sharp, Gary Mann, Jonas Larsen and Brooke Posch, have launched
numerous new franchises for COMEDY CENTRAL, including "Workaholics," "Key &
Peele," "Brickleberry," "The Burn with Jeff Ross" and the brand's newest hit,
"Kroll Show" starring Nick Kroll, the first of an unprecedented number of new
series launching during the first half of 2013 (which will see a +55% increase
in original programming vs. 2012), including premieres from Anthony Jeselnik
("The Jeselnik Offensive"), Ben Hoffman ("The Ben Show"), Nathan Fielder
("Nathan for You"), Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer"), Andy Daly ("Review")
and Derek Waters ("Drunk History").

Prior to rejoining COMEDY CENTRAL in January 2010, Alterman had an overall
feature film producing and directing deal with Fox Film Studios, and also
produced and directed projects in development at New Line Cinema, Warner
Bros., Lionsgate Films and 20^th Television Studio. Before that, Alterman
directed and executive produced New Line's feature film, "Semi-Pro," starring
Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin. He was with New Line from
2001 to 2006, as Executive Vice President overseeing a diverse slate of films
including "Elf," "A History of Violence" and "Little Children."

Alterman enjoyed a previous stint at COMEDY CENTRAL, when he served as head of
the brand's New York development office before departing in 2001, during which
time he oversaw development and production on such series as "Strangers with
Candy" with Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris; "Upright Citizens Brigade" with
Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and Matt Walsh; and "Viva Variety"
starring Thomas Lennon, Michael Ian Black and Kerri Kenney-Silver. Early in
his career, he worked with Michael Moore as a Writer, Director and Executive
Producer on the Emmy^® Award-winning series, "TV Nation."

SOURCE COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications

Website: http://www.comedycentral.com
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