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Comedy's Corrao upped to president

14 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lauren Corrao has been upped to president of original programming and development at Comedy Central.

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. »

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Comedy makes up mind for 'Mencia,' 'Bush'

2 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Comedy Central has renewed Mind of Mencia and the animated series Lil' Bush.

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.' "

Mencia next appears on the big screen in The Heartbreak Kid. He is repped by Gersh Agency, managers Lee Kernis and Tim Sarkes at Brillstein Entertainment and attorney David Matlof. »

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Penn, Pop booked for 'Persepolis'

12 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sean Penn and Iggy Pop will voice roles in the North American version of Sony Pictures Classics' French animated political drama Persepolis.

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.

Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's film is based on Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels. It tied with Carlos Reygadas' Silent Light for the jury prize at May's Festival de Cannes.

Penn's recent credits include his Oscar-winning turn in Mystic River, All the King's Men and the upcoming immigration drama Crossing Over. Pop appeared in Coffee and Cigarettes and Snow Day.

Penn is repped by CAA and Blue Train Entertainment. »

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