Comedy Central executive Gary Mann has been promoted to a top development post, the cable network announced Monday.
Mann, a television veteran who joined the channel in 2003, will now hold the title of senior vice president original programming and development.
Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s head of original programming and production, announced Mann’s promotion with his tongue firmly in cheek.
“I have done almost everything in my power to undermine Gary, but he has a sharply honed eye for talent and an uncanny ability to develop shows that are important to us,” Alterman said in a statement.
Mann has had a hand in several of the channel’s successful series, including “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Tosh.0,” “The Burn,” and “Key & Peele,” among others.
Mann also oversees the Comedy Central Stage, where the channel develops “live shows that sometimes transition to on-air series,” according to a release. He’ll continue in that role despite the title change.
Before joining Comedy Central, which is owned by Viacom, Mann worked with HBO Independent Productions and served as executive producer of the HBO Workspace. He started his career as a producer on “Star Search.”