10:37am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
IFC Promotes Christine Lubrano, Adds Development Execs
A little over half a year as the head of IFC's programming, Peter Aronson has put together his team.
The executive vice president of original programming and production began by promoting Christine Lubrano from vice president of current series to senior vice president of original programming. Based in the network's NYC headquarters, she'll oversee all development and creative for scripted series, live events and specials and will report to Aronson.
Along with Lubrano's promotion, Aronson has brought in three new hires, all of whom will report to Lubrano. Maura Madden and Jeff Meyerson will join the network as vice presidents of original programming, based in NYC and LA, respectively, where they will be responsible for recruiting creative partners and discovering fresh comedic talent for new programming ideas. They'll also work with creators to develop show concepts and then oversee each new show.
Aronson has also appointed Sachi Ezura as director of original programming. Based on NYC, she'll work alongside the team developing and managing day-to-day creative production of IFC’s originals.
"Christine has been at the forefront of IFC’s evolution into a distinctive comedy destination, supervising the network’s roster of critically acclaimed hits including Portlandia and Maron," said Aronson. "She has a stellar reputation in the production community as a smart, honest and effective creative partner. With her leadership, and Maura, Jeff and Sachi joining IFC, the channel is poised for continued growth and momentum."
Lubrano has been integral to the success of award-winning network staple Portlandia, and has served as the lead creative force behind other series Maron and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. She's also an executive producer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which has aired on IFC for more than a decade.
Madden was most recently the senior director of comedy and animation at MTV, where she served as an executive producer on the late night pop culture talk show Nikki and Sara LIVE. Prior to that she was the director of current series at IFC, where she worked on Portlandia, Maron and Comedy Bang! Bang!.
Meyerson joins IFC from Fox, where he served as the programming executive in charge of breakout comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and also helped to develop New Girl and Bob’s Burgers; and Ezura from MTV, where she worked as a producer of Girl Code, and managed original programming for MTV2.
The newly assembled team is currently focused on IFC’s 2015 lineup, which includes Will Ferrell's satirical miniseries The Spoils Before Dying; Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers' docu-pardoy American Documentary; David Cross' comedic miniseries The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; and the first-ever CollegeHumor Comedy Music Awards, a satire of traditional awards shows that incorporates the best of the comedy and music worlds.