Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development
As Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for COMEDY CENTRAL, Gary Mann develops new series and serves as a current executive on scripted series, animation, sketch, variety, talk, panel and game shows.
Mann joined COMEDY CENTRAL in 2003, and during his tenure has put the network on the narrative map with the Emmy®-winning "The Sarah Silverman Program." He also developed "Tosh.0," the groundbreaking series featuring Daniel Tosh that has become one of the highest-rated programs in the history of COMEDY CENTRAL. The show has also steadily risen to become one of the most popular destinations across COMEDY CENTRAL Digital. In addition, Mann developed the series "Key & Peele," "Review With Forrest MacNeil," "The Burn with Jeff Ross," "The Sports Show with Norm MacDonald" and "The Showbiz Show with David Spade." He has also transitioned live shows from the COMEDY CENTRAL Stage into series for the network including "Naked Trucker," "The Hollow Men," "Crossballs," and "Mind of Mencia."
Prior to joining COMEDY CENTRAL, Mann was an independent producer with HBO Independent Productions where he developed shows with Dennis Miller, Jenji Kohan, and Danny Zuker and produced six one-person shows including those starring Greg Behrendt and Paul F. Tompkins that aired as HBO Specials.
While a producer of the Aspen Comedy Festival from 1997 – 2002, Mann created live show concepts such as "The Simpsons Live" with the cast of the hit FBC series, "This American Life " with Ira Glass and supervised all facets of production for performances by writers and performers including Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Cross, Michael Patrick King, and Zach Galifianakis. During that time, Mann also served as Executive Producer at the HBO Workspace where he produced over 600 presentations of one person shows, sketch, variety, late night, game and talk shows.
Previously, Mann served as a producer on "Saturday Night Special" for FBC and producer for the Ace Award-winning "Full Frontal Comedy" at Showtime, where he gave Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass) their television debut.
Mann began his career as a Producer on "Star Search," where he helped launch the careers of Ray Romano, Kevin James, Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence and Brad Garrett and holds a B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.