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ABC Names Warner Bros TV Alum Erin Wehrenberg Head of Comedy

She replaces Jamila Hunter, who left in October to join Kenya Barris at Netflix

Warner Bros. TV’s head of comedy development Erin Wehrenberg has been named SVP, Network Comedy for ABC Entertainment.

In this position, she will lead the comedy series development team and oversee the department’s day-to-day operations, including creatively supervising production of new comedy series for ABC and will report to ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. She will arrive at ABC on March 25.

She replaces former head of comedy Jamila Hunter, who left in October to join Kenya Barris’ now-Netflix-based production company.

Wehrenberg was most recently senior vice president and head of comedy development at Warner Bros Television. In this role, which she held since 2009, the exec oversaw the development of ABC’s “Splitting Up Together” and “Suburgatory”; plus “Trial & Error,” “Two Broke Girls,” the reboot of “Murphy Brown”; the upcoming “Shrill,” starring Aidy Bryant; as well as the upcoming “AJ and the Queen,” starring RuPaul Charles.

Prior to that, she was head of comedy development and current programming at Universal Media Studios.

Per ABC: Wehrenberg began her career at NBC, where she spent more than a decade rising through the executive ranks, from manager to executive vice president, Current Series, for nearly four years. During her tenure there, she supervised creative aspects of several celebrated series, including “Friends,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Friday Night Lights,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.”

“We are so incredibly fortunate to have Erin join us as the creative force leading our comedy development team,” Burke said. “Erin’s relationships, depth of experience, and taste will no doubt guide us to the next generation of hit ABC comedies, as she has a strategic eye for what connects us through laughter. I have wanted to work with her again since our NBC days, and I’m so happy she chose to join the talented team here at ABC.”

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