Paramount TV Names Comedy and Drama Development Heads

Jennifer Howell and Annette Savitch will oversee projects for the studio, which has tapped three other department heads.

Paramount Television has tapped five new senior executives, including heads for comedy and drama development.

Jennifer Howell, most recently of 20th Century Fox Television, will oversee comedy development, while Annette Savitch, who most recently co-ran Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films, will do the same for drama development.

At 20th TV, Howell shepherded shows like Bob's Burgers and Allen Gregory and oversaw The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad. She also worked as a producer on South Park and ran Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Important Films.

While at Handsomecharlie, Savitch helped produced the in-development title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as well as ABC pilot Scruples.

Additionally, former AMC executive Jason Fisher has been named head of production, David Goldman, formerly of ABC Studios, is head of business affairs and Stephanie Love was tapped as head of finance.

The group will be responsible for financing and developing television content for various networks, including broadcast, cable, premium and online.

Paramount TV has several projects in the works, including an adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr's novel; Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's biography; NARC, a crime drama pilot from Joe Carnahan; the Terminator co-production with Skydance; and a reimagined version of The Truman Show. The company also is adapting for TV the Oscar-winning film Ghost and has a multiproject deal with Craig Brewer.

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