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Exclusive: TruTV, Richard Korson sign development deal

U.S. net TruTV has signed a development deal with TV producer and development exec Richard Korson, who spent six years running Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions.
January 27, 2014

U.S. net TruTV has signed a development deal with TV producer and development exec Richard Korson, who spent six years running Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions.

Korson will put his experience to work developing “comedic programming designed to appeal to TruTV’s targeted young-adult, dual-gender audience,” according to the network. He will also work on developing 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 VP of development and original programming for the network. “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 as the network is participating in the 2014 Realscreen Summit in Washington DC. Chris Linn, the network’s president and head of programming, is set to participate in a ‘Meet the New Boss’ session, while Ronca will conduct a ’30 Minutes With’ session. In addition, Liz Alderman, director of development and original programming, is participating in a luncheon round-table and a 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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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