Kent Alterman is President of Comedy Central. He is responsible for the leadership, strategy and management of the #1 brand in comedy.
Alterman rejoined Comedy Central in 2010 as Head of Original Programming and Production (he served as Head of East Coast Development from 1996-2000). He was promoted to President, Original Programming in 2013 and rose to his current position of President in 2016.
Upon his return in 2010, Alterman and his development team embarked on an ambitious launch of original programming – more than doubling the amount of original series on the air than at any time in the history of the brand. This year, Comedy Central will launch 10 new series and see the return of 13 originals. Focused on incubating new talent and concepts across all screens, he created bona fide franchises for Comedy Central with a broad mix of some of the most significant voices in comedy today, including the Emmy® Award-winning series Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight with Chris Hardwick and Drunk History, along with critic and fan favorites Broad City, Workaholics, Review, Nathan for You, Another Period, Idiotsitter, Legends of Chamberlain Heights and the recently launched Detroiters. He was also a key voice in selecting Trevor Noah as the new host of The Daily Show.
Alterman also led an expansion of the brand’s specials output and stand-up driven series like This is Not Happening and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Under his leadership, the Comedy Central Roast franchise has elevated to new heights with the roasts of Charlie Sheen, James Franco, Justin Bieber and Rob Lowe, and spawned the new series, Roast Battle.
Under Alterman’s watch Comedy Central has greatly expanded its development for digital and social platforms, producing platform-specific, original series and short-form content. In 2016, over 3.7 billion streams and 20 billion minutes of original content were viewed across platforms led by destinations such as Facebook, cc.com, which launched both Idiotsitter and This Is Not Happening, and the Comedy Central Discover channel on Snapchat, which introduced James Davis to Comedy Central fans and led to the development and pick-up of his series, Hood Adjacent.
Prior to his current position with Comedy Central, Alterman had an overall film deal with Fox Film Studios. Before that, he directed and executive produced New Line’s feature film Semi-Pro, starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Executive Vice President at New Line, overseeing a diverse slate of films including perennial Christmas hit, Elf, and multiple Oscar nominated films, A History of Violence and Little Children.
In Alterman’s first stint at Comedy Central, he oversaw development and production on such series as Strangers with Candy, Upright Citizens Brigade and TV Funhouse. Early in his career, he worked with Michael Moore as a writer, director and producer on the Emmy® Award-winning series TV Nation.
Alterman is based in Viacom’s Hollywood offices and reports to Bob Bakish, President and CEO, Viacom Inc.