14 January 2010 8:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- Former New Line Cinema executive Kent Alterman is returning to Comedy Central as the network's new head of original programming and production.

Doug Herzog, president MTV Networks' entertainment group, and Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless announced the appointment on Thursday.

Based in La, Alterman will report to Ganeless. He will oversee the development teams in both Los Angeles and New York.

"With his experience in both film and television comedy and his strong relationships within the comedy community, he is the perfect fit for the job," said Ganeless.

Alterman previously was the head of Comedy Central's New York development office until his departure in 2001 and oversaw development and production on such series as "Strangers with Candy" and "Upright Citizens Brigade."

He worked at New Line Cinema from 2001 and 2006 and directed and executive produced "Semi-Pro," starring Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson, for the studio. He also »

- By Georg Szalai

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