Roku’s Colin Davis has been named Head of Comedy Development at Sony Pictures Television Studios.Other recent hires and promotions revealed
Exclusive: Colin Davisresponsible for original scripted Roku Channel leaves Roku’s free, ad-supported streaming service to join Sony as EVP of Comedy Development. Sony Pictures Television StudiosDavis, who takes office on May 1, will oversee development of the comedy for all platforms and will report to Jason Croddfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Davis will succeed Glenn Adilman, who has left the company as EVP and head of comedy development for the studio. November Reorganization of officers Under the new Sony Pictures Television Studios President Kathryn Pope. Based on the Culver City lot, Davis will lead a team that includes Jennifer Gerstenblatt, Frank Ochoa, and Jackie Wertheimer as senior vice president of comedy development, vice president of animation, and manager of comedy development, respectively. .
“His passion and understanding of television is infectious, and he embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that is essential in today’s landscape.” His quick rapport is undeniable and we are fortunate to have Colin at the helm of our comedy development team.”
Davis’ hiring follows a number of recent appointments and promotions outlined by Pope in this afternoon’s staff memo, as she continues to build her management team. Dara Weintraub (Mad Men, Better Things), joined the studio as Senior Vice President of Production. Ali RowlandWhile working for Pope on Spectrum Originals, he joined Lauren Stein’s team as VP of Drama Development. Colleen Pippin and Jessica Casey Promoted to director of drama development.
moreover, Vanessa Harvey I recently joined SPT as Vice President of BA Management Operations, also from Spectrum Originals. Brittany (Brit) Storms Joined SPT Marketing to lead the new Sales Marketing department.and Bell Isidron Appointed Director of Casting Management for NBCUniversal
Morgana Cabrera Rosenberg Promoted to SVP, current programming. Kevin Kelly To SVP, Brand Marketing and Creative. Steve Russo SVP, to Business Affairs. Lily Parrish and Jimmy Haas Director, to current programming. and the Pope’s assistant, Becca Flynnto the Creative Affairs Manager.
As head of scripted originals for Roku Channel, Davis spearheaded the streamer’s transition to original programming and spearheaded the production and deployment of series such as Reboot. Reno 911! and Harter Starring Kevin Hart and the award-winning breakout movie Strange: The Al Yankovic Storyhe gave the green light.
Prior to Roku, Davis spearheaded script programming for short-form streaming service Quibi and spent four years in comedy development at Turner, where he is best known for his endorsement. search partyDavis began his television career with the Fox Broadcasting Company.
“SPT has long been home to high-quality groundbreaking comedy,” said Davis. “I am so proud to join Katherine, Jason and their team to honor the great legacy of our past, embrace the opportunities of the present and help build a bright future for comedy television.”
Sony’s current TV comedy slate includes: after party Apple TV+ and cobra kai Netflix, and Upcoming Platonic For Apple TV+, Sausage Party: Foodtopia For Amazon, twisted metal For peacocks, Pradeepus or pittsburgh and blank slate For Freevee, and Hoagy BrothersAt Fox.
sony tv retired from broadcast comedy under the previous regime, with secession goldberg family As the remaining 30 minutes of the final broadcast. While acknowledging that “comedies are more challenging on a budget and deal basis, they tend not to sell as well as foreigners,” Pope said. Interview with Deadline last month To keep the studio committed to the genre.
“We have a very good comedy streaming business that keeps building. We have a great adult animation business that keeps building. “We’re not pulling back,” she said. I’m just saying.”