8:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Comedy Central Taps Amazon Development Exec as VP Originals
Amazon Studios standout Sarah Babineau is jumping to Comedy Central.
The Viacom-owned cable network announced Tuesday that it has hired Babineau as its VP of original programming and development on the east coast. She’ll be filling a void left by departing senior VP Brooke Posch, who will work with Babineau through the transition. The Amazon vet will begin in December, and is expected to oversee development and production of all east coast-based original series and pilots for the network.
"Having worked with Sarah once before, I’m happy to give her another chance," joked Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming Kent Alterman, to whom she’ll report. The comment was a reference to her pre-Amazon gig, where Babineau worked in film as a creative exec with Alterman and Michael Aguilar’s Dos Tontos production company, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen’s Four By Two Films.
During her two-year tenure at Amazon Studios, Babineau served as a development and programming exec and helped push the digital outlet into original comedy. She has overseen the development of several projects, including Jill Soloway’s critical darling Transparent, John Goodman vehicle Alpha House and the forthcoming Mozart in the Jungle, from Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola.
Babineau got her start as an assistant editor on documentaries, commercials and features, including Will Smith's Hitch. She also worked as an assistant to director Andy Tennant on the feature film Fool’s Gold. Independently, Babineau has produced many short films, including La Rosa Y El Gato and Oh Baby, I Love You as well as the TV pilot, Small Town News.