Producer Rich Korson Reaches Development Deal with truTV
Television producer and development executive Richard Korson, who ran Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions for six years, has reached a development deal with truTV. Korson will put his comedy experience to work developing comedic programming designed to appeal to truTV's targeted young-adult, dual-gender audience. He will also work on development companion programming for truTV's sports telecasts, including the network's portion of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
"We are extremely fortunate that truTV will be able to benefit from Rich's experience, insight and great relationships in the comedy world," said Marissa Ronca, senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. "We look forward to working with Rich as we continue to hone truTV's programming to attract our targeted viewers."
Korson's development deal with truTV comes just as the network is participating in the 2014 Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV, is set to participate in a "Meet the New Boss" forum. Ronca will conduct a "30 Minutes With" session. And Liz Alderman, director of development & original programming, will participate in a luncheon roundtable and speed-pitching session.
Korson headed up Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions from 2005 to 2011, during which time he oversaw the production of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Korson also developed and supervised production on any new projects generated at Busboy and was a key member in developing The Colbert Report and Important Things with Demetri Martin. He continued his involvement as executive producer of Night of Too Many Stars, an event that has raised more than $15 million for autism education.
Prior to his tenure at Busboy Productions, Korson served as director of development and production at Comedy Central, where he developed and oversaw production of such successful programs as Insomniac with Dave Attel, TV Funhouse (with Robert Smigel), Chappelle Show, Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Benefit For Autism Education and Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.
Korson is also involved in helping produce the annual comedy/music benefit supporting the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research annual benefit.
truTV, one of cable's fastest growing brands, offers a wildly entertaining look at the real world through outrageous characters, unpredictable situations and irreverent storytelling. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Hardcore Pawn, Impractical Jokers, Guinness World Records(R) Unleashed, Lizard Lick Towing, Killer Karaoke, Upload with Shaquille O'Neal, Storage Hunters, Full Throttle Saloon, South Beach Tow, World's Dumbest... and Operation Repo. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.