Showtime Enlists Hulu Comedy Exec as New VP Originals

Brendan Countee - Headshot - P - 2016
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Brendan Countee will join the premium cable network after overseeing awards darling 'Casual,' among other projects, at the streaming service.

Showtime is bulking up its development ranks.

The premium cable network has tapped former Hulu head of comedy Brendan Countee as vp original programming, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In his new role, Countee will have creative oversight and development of Showtime original series. He will report to Showtime programming president Gary Levine.

“As Showtime continues to increase its footprint across platforms and expand our series and limited series output throughout the year, we are excited to also grow our programming department,” Levine said Monday in a statement. “Brendan brings an incredibly diverse background to the job — in comedy as a writer-performer, as a respected development executive and with his accomplishments in the streaming world. Most importantly, he’s bright, talent-friendly and passionate; qualities we truly value here at Showtime.”

Countee most recently was head of comedy at Hulu, where he oversaw and developed Golden Globe-nominated comedy Casual from executive producers Jason Reitman and Zander Lehman, as well as Difficult People and Hulu's upcoming Future Man, among others. Before joining Hulu, Countee was a writer and producer who developed projects for studios including ABC Studios and 20th TV, among others. He started his career at Fox Searchlight Pictures, working on features including Thank You for Smoking, The Hills Have Eyes and Night Watch. Countee, a Georgetown grad, will be based at Showtime's West Coast headquarters.