Comedy Central Promotes West Coast Exec Jim Sharp

10:30 AM PST 06/25/2014 by Michael O'Connell
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With 15 years at the network, Sharp is elevated to executive vp original programming and development at the cable net's Los Angeles outpost, now managing digital development for CC:Studios.

Comedy Central is elevating programming executive Jim Sharp. The Los Angeles-based exec, who's spent 15 years with the Viacom-owned cable network, will now serve as the West Coast executive vp original programming and development.

“If the U.S. government were aware of Jim's understated intelligence, finely honed creative instincts, and steel-eyed leadership, the war on terrorism would be over,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming.

Sharp, previously senior vp, will continue to oversee development and production on all West Coast pilots and original series, while the expanded role now sees him also managing digital development at CC:Studios.

During his tenure at the network, Sharp has helped launch mainstays such as Tosh.0, Reno 911!, Key & Peele and Workaholics. He also recently helped develop the network's latest late-night series, @midnight.

Sharp came to Comedy Central from Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video in 2012 but previously had a job at Comedy Central between 1996 and 1997, during which time he developed the sketch comedy series Viva Variety.

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