Roku’s Colin Davis Named Head Of Comedy Development For Sony Pictures Television Studios; Other Recent Hires & Promotions Revealed
18.03.2023 - 02:11
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Davis, Head of Scripted Originals for the Roku Channel, is leaving Roku’s free ad-supported streaming service to join Sony as EVP of Comedy Development at Sony Pictures Television Studios. Davis, who starts May 1, will oversee development of comedies for all platforms, reporting to Jason Clodfelter, Co-President of Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Davis succeeds Glenn Adilman, who exited as EVP and head of comedy development in the studio’s November executive restructuring under new Sony Pictures TV Studios President Katherine Pope. Based on the Culver City lot, Davis will lead a team that includes Jennifer Gerstenblatt, Frank Ochoa, and Jackie Wertheimer who serve as SVP of Comedy Development, VP of Animation, and Manager of Comedy Development, respectively.
“We are thrilled to have Colin join our Sony Pictures Television Studios family,” said Clodfelter. “His passion and understanding of television are infectious, and he embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that is essential in today’s landscape. His vast relationships are undeniable, and we are fortunate to have Colin at the helm of our Comedy Development team.”
Davis’ hire follows a slew of recent appointments and promotions outlined by Pope in a staff memo this afternoon as she continues to build out her executive team. They includes producer Dara Weintraub (Mad Men, Better Things), who has joined the studio as SVP of Production. Ali Roland, who worked for Pope at Spectrum Originals, has come on board as VP of Drama Development on Lauren Stein’s team. Colleen Pepin and Jessica Casey have been promoted to Directors of Drama Development.
Additionally, Vanessa Harvey has recently joined SPT as VP BA Admin Operations, also from Spectrum Originals; Bri