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Corrao, who was executive vp, has overseen the development of such Comedy Central series as The Sarah Silverman Program, Reno 911! Mind of Mencia, Drawn Together, Lil' Bush and Chappelle's Show. She will continue to be responsible for the development and supervision of all original programming on the network and original content created specifically for digital platforms, overseeing the development teams in Los Angeles and New York.
Corrao also will manage the network's talent and events staff, who are responsible for identifying and developing promising comedians and comedy stars and producing such special event programming as the Comedy Central Roast franchise and the network's stand-up specials. Corrao also will supervise the Comedy Central Records label.
In addition, Corrao is responsible for attracting established comedic talent to the network. Most recently, deals were signed with Silverman; Lewis Black, whose pop-culture debate series The Root of All Evil is scheduled to debut in March; and Demetri Martin, whose sketch-variety show Important Things With Demetri Martin is targeted to debut in the fall. »
The network has ordered 10 new episodes for the fourth season of Mind of Mencia, featuring comedian Carlos Mencia offering his point of view on various topics, and is targeting a spring premiere. The show is executive produced and created by Mencia and Robert Morton.
Mencia averaged 1.5 million total viewers during its third season, ranking No. 1 among basic cable with men 18-24 in its time slot at 10-10:30 p.m. Sundays. The third-season DVD hits stores Oct. 23.
"Carlos Mencia is a huge asset to our network," said Lauren Corrao, exec VP original programming and development, adding that he "connects with our audience on every level."
Added Mencia: "I look forward to doing another season of 'Mind of Mencia.' I hope this doesn't mean I can't be on 'Dancing With the Stars.' "
It's the first animated role for Penn, who will lend his voice to the father of a young girl struggling with life in Iran during and after the fall of the Shah in 1979. Pop, who has voiced roles in animated series like Comedy Central's Lil' Bush, will play her politically active uncle.
Gena Rowlands has already been cast to voice the role of the girl's grandmother in the new version, and Catherine Deneuve will reprise the French-language role of the girl's mother in English. The film is tentatively slated for domestic theatrical release at the end of 2007.
Penn is repped by CAA and Blue Train Entertainment. »
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