Kent Alterman eyes Comedy Central job

Former New Line exec would oversee original programming

Comedy Central is eyeing former New Line executive Kent Alterman as head of original programming.

The cable channel is closing a deal with Alterman to succeed departing president of original programming and development Lauren Corrao, contingent on him being released from his producing contract with Fox's film division.

Alterman and Michael Aguilar launched a company, Dos Tontos, in February, and are in the middle of a two-year exclusive feature deal at Fox, where they have several projects in development.

A decision on Alterman's future is expected as early as Tuesday.

For Alterman, the Comedy Central gig would represent a return to the network where he served as East Coast development before joining New Line in 2001. He served as an executive producer on several Comedy Central series including "Strangers With Candy," "Upright Citizens Brigade" and "Viva Variety."

Alterman started off as a writer-director-producer, spending two years with Michael Moore on "TV Nation."

After his stint as a production executive at New Line, where he oversaw such films as "Elf," "A History of Violence" and "Son of the Mask," Alterman segued into directing and producing, making his directorial debut with New Line's "Semi-Pro."

In addition to his feature projects, Alterman has worked on several TV projects during the past couple of years, including executive producing a sketch-comedy pilot starring Andy Richter for Comedy Central.

In going after Alterman, Comedy Central is following the same template it did when it hired Corrao, a producer who also alternated producing gigs and executive stints.

After seven years at Comedy Central, Corrao is departing at year's end to return to producing.