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Longtime studio exec Chet Dave has been promoted to head the studio’s comedy division.
Dave, who will hold the senior vp comedy development title, will report to exec vp development Carolyn Cassidy. He will be charged with selling the studio’s comedy development strategy, identifying emerging writers and shepherding projects from pitch to series.
“I have worked with Chet for almost a decade now and I know how incredibly passionate he is about comedy and making breakthrough television,” Cassidy said. “Producers love him and for good reason; he has incredible taste and he champions their visions like no one else. I know how committed he is to delivering great content to our Disney platforms and beyond, and to top it off he’s a kind and trustworthy colleague, despite that ridiculous fake British accent.”
Since joining 20th TV in 2013, Dave has developed series including Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless as well as the upcoming Hulu entry Only Murders in the Building and Disney+’s Doogie update.
Dave replaces Cheryl Dolins, who departed 20th TV in December amid a round of layoffs as a result of the company’s restructuring. 20th Television is now being overseen by former ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke, who was tapped to lead the studio in December as part of Disney’s efforts to prioritize content across its multiple platforms and break free of its legacy structure.
“I cannot thank Karey and Carolyn enough for this life changing opportunity. I am also grateful for all of the incredible mentors I have had throughout my career, and I look forward to using my accent to get ahead even more in this new role, despite how Carolyn feels about it,” the London-born Dave said.
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