NorthSouth adds comedy arm, boosts development team

U.S. prodco NorthSouth Productions has recruited Lee Jacobs (pictured, right) and Zach Perkins (left) for the positions of VP of development and senior director of development respectively, as it launches an unscripted comedy division.
October 29, 2014

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta firm NorthSouth Productions has recruited development execs Lee Jacobs (pictured, right) and Zach Perkins (left) for the positions of VP of development and senior director of development respectively, as it launches an unscripted comedy division.

Jacobs most recently oversaw development at Monami Entertainment, while Perkins previously developed formats for Indigo Films and Hoff Productions, with credits including Wives with Knives and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover for Investigation Discovery, and America Declassified for Travel Channel.

Both execs will work out of the company’s New York outpost and report to NorthSouth partner and development GM Blaine Hopkins.

The Impractical Jokers producer is launching a scripted and unscripted comedy division helmed by senior VP of comedy James Murray - who co-created Jokers and also stars in it – and the firm’s New York-based partner Charlie DeBevoise, along with newly appointed director of comedy development Lisa Kleinman. The arm will pursue programming for cable, broadcast and digital platforms.

“The division makes sense for us,” said DeBevoise in a statement. “New York is exploding with comedic talent. The division puts us at the center of that world.”

Mark Hickman, founding partner at NorthSouth, added: “We’re thrilled to have a new, dynamic team of execs to build on our development roster. They’ll not only be a great resource for our network clients, but also help NorthSouth expand into a variety of new media opportunities.”

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