Three get exec stripes at 'Colbert'


Meredith Bennett, Richard Dahm and Allison Silverman have been upped to co-executive producer status on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

The trio, who will have day-to-day oversight of the program, are essentially filling the void left by the departure of Ben Karlin, executive producer of "Colbert" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," who stepped down late last year but still serves as a consulting producer to both series.

Bennett, Dahm and Silverman have been with the news-spoof program since its launch on Oct. 17, 2005. Bennett previously served as line producer, with Dahm and Silverman as supervising producers. Dahm and Silverman double as the show's head writers.

"Allison, Rich and Meredith are incredibly gifted, hardworking producers who truly deserve these promotions," host Stephen Colbert said. "They also deserve to go home occasionally, but that's not going to happen."

The show is executive produced by Colbert, who also serves as writer, and Stewart.

Bennett's production credits include such shows as VH1's "Storytellers," ABC's "The Bachelorette," NBC Universal's "The Jane Pauley Show" and Food Network's "Lisa and Dweezil Show." She also was a production manager on Warner Bros.' "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."

Dahm was a writer for HBO's "Dennis Miller Live" and "Da Ali G Show." He spent nine years as a writer and managing editor of the Onion, the satirical weekly newspaper/Web site, and is a co-author of the "Onion Ad Nauseam" book series.

Silverman won an Emmy as part of "Daily Show's" writing team and multiple WGA Awards as part of the writing team on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." She was the only woman on the writing staff of both shows.

"Colbert" is produced by Stewart's Busboy Productions Inc. in association with Spartina Productions Inc. Lou Wallach is executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.