Premium cable net Showtime brought aboard a new VP of Original Programming as it fortifies its development team, tapping the streaming service Hulu for its latest big hire.
Brendan Countee, who was head of comedy at Hulu, is making the jump. Countee oversaw projects including “Casual” at Hulu.
Countee will be based on the West Coast, reporting to Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc., who announced the hire. Countee’s responsibilities will include the development and creative oversight of original series for the pay-cable network.
Said Levine: “As Showtime continues to increase its footprint across platforms and expand our series and limited series output throughout the year, we are excited to also grow our programming department. Brendan brings an incredibly diverse background to the job — in comedy as a writer/ performer, as a respected development executive and with his accomplishments in the streaming world. Most importantly, he’s bright, talent-friendly and passionate, qualities we truly value here at Showtime.”