12:00pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Comedy Central Taps Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Head Combined Talent and Development Team
Comedy Central is combining its talent and development departments and naming Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen co-heads of the newly unified team.
Babineau will be the executive vice president of talent and development on the East Coast, while Larsen will serve the same role on the West Coast. The reorganization comes nearly a year after network programming chief Kent Alterman was upped to president following Michele Ganeless' exit.
“It’s not just that we now have two people overseeing talent and development, it’s also that they are both smarter and more talented than me,” said Alterman, to whom both of them will report.
Babineau was previously the East Coast senior vp original programming and development, where she managed the network’s New York development team in its effort to identify and grow talent for all East Coast-based pilots and original series. The promotion will see her continue these responsibilities while adding oversight of Comedy Central’s New York-based talent team.
Larsen has been Comedy Central’s senior vp talent and specials since June 2010. During that time, he’s been responsible for the network’s talent development and relations, stand-up acquisitions and live touring and festivals, as well as production and development of original specials and tentpole events. He, too, will continue in current duties while adding responsibility for Comedy Central’s Hollywood-based development team.
Babineau joined Comedy Central in 2014 after working at Amazon Studios and has been a key player in the launch and evolution of Comedy Central’s flagship late-night series The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. She’s also been closely involved with Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City and miniseries Time Traveling Bong.
During his time at the network, Larsen has overseen all stand-up programming for the brand including Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, The Half Hour, This Is Not Happening and the upcoming Comedy Jam. The Denmark native has served as Comedy Central’s executive in charge of production for various iterations of the network’s Comedy Central Roast franchise, including the recent skewerings of Rob Lowe, Justin Bieber, James Franco and Charlie Sheen.