Former Carsey-Werner exec joins TBS

Kathryn Ann Busby named vp comedy development

Kathryn Ann Busby
Former Carsey-Werner development head Kathryn Ann Busby has joined TBS as vp comedy development.

Busby -- who comes to TBS after serving as supervising producer of "The Aisha Tyler Show" for the past year -- succeeds Nina Howie who exited the post in November. In the post, she will oversee the development of original series for comedy-centered TBS.

Based in L.A,. Busby will report to Lillah McCarthy, senior vp original programming for TBS and TNT.

For years, the backbone of TBS' original-series lineup has been acquisitions, including the Tyler Perry/Debmar-Mercury comedies "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" and off-network hits "Family Guy" and "The Office," while the network's home-grown half-hour sitcoms have not fared as well.

TBS is shaking this up this season with an ambitious foray into the hourlong comedy genre with four pilots, "Uncle Nigel," "In Security," "Glory Daze" and "Franklin & Bash." The network also is reteaming with Debmar-Mercury for the Ice Cube-produced half-hour sitcom "Are We There Yet?"

Prior to the "Tyler Show," Busby was senior vp production at New Line Cinema, where she served as exec producer on the "Sex and the City" movie and senior executive on "Rush Hour 3." As senior vp/head of development at C-W, she oversaw the development of "Grounded for Life" and was part of the team that produced "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "That '70s Show."

Busby began her television career as director of comedy development at Universal Television, following several years in the record industry.

As a filmmaker, Busby directed and produced the short "Max and Josh," which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Busby's original screenplay "Her Gal Friday," co-written with Neena Beber, was optioned by and is in development at ABC Family.