President, Content Development & Original Programming
Kent Alterman, President, Content Development & Original Programming, Comedy Central, oversees the development and production of all original content produced by the #1 brand in comedy. He is responsible for incubating new voices and concepts, and developing content across all screens, including original series for the linear channel as well as new series and extensions of existing franchises for digital platforms.
Since rejoining Comedy Central in January 2010, Alterman and his development team have undertaken an ambitious and unprecedented launch of original programming and have expanded the roster of bona fide franchises for Comedy Central with a broad mix of formats featuring some of the hottest new voices in comedy today, including “Workaholics,” “Key & Peele,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Kroll Show,” “Brickleberry,” “Nathan for You,” “Drunk History,” and recently, the social media sensation “@midnight,” which extended Comedy Central’s successful late-night block to 90 minutes.
In addition to developing new franchises that resonate deeply with Comedy Central’s targeted Millennial audience, Alterman oversees the brand’s Talent and Specials team, identifying and developing the next generation of comedy stars, which provide Comedy Central with the most extensive roster of stand-up series and specials in the industry, as well as special event programming such as the Emmy®-nominated “Comedy Central Roast” and “Night of Too Many Stars” autism benefit franchises. Alterman’s oversight also includes CC:Studios, Comedy Central’s in-house multiplatform playground, where comedy and technology collide across multiple screens to produce original shareable content.
Prior to his current stint with Comedy Central, Alterman had an overall feature film producing and directing deal with Fox Film Studios. Before that, he directed and executive produced New Line’s feature film “Semi-Pro,” starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Executive Vice President at New Line, overseeing a diverse slate of films including “Elf,” “A History of Violence” and “Little Children;” the latter two received multiple Oscar® nominations.
Alterman first worked at Comedy Central as head of its New York development office before departing in 2001. During that time he oversaw development and production on such series as “Strangers with Candy,” “Upright Citizens Brigade” and “TV Funhouse.” Early in his career, he worked with Michael Moore as a writer, director and executive producer on the Emmy® Award-winning series “TV Nation.”
Alterman is based in Viacom’s Santa Monica office.