Deadline writes: ABC’s VP Comedy Jamila Hunter has been promoted to SVP and head of the network’s comedy department.

Image result for jamila hunter spelmanHunter emerged as a leading candidate to succeed ABC’s long-time head of comedy Samie Falvey when she departed in early August to head content for AwesomenessTV and Verizon’s new video service. Hunter, who is well liked in the creative community, was considered a front-runner, with VP Comedy Lynn Barrie also considered a possibility.

It took more than two months, but ABC’s new Entertainment President Channing Dungey went with Hunter in the latest promotion within at the Disney network. (Dungey herself was recently upped from head of drama to entertainment president, with ABC’s VP Drama Brian Morewitz succeeding her in the top drama post). Barrie is staying on at the network.

In her new position, Hunter will manage ABC’s Comedy Department, overseeing the development and production of all comedy pilots for ABC Entertainment, reporting to Dungey.

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“As one of our industry’s most accomplished executives, Jamila has been instrumental in ABC’s comedy resurgence,” Dungey said. “She brings a unique perspective to this important role, and I’m thrilled to have her leading our efforts.” read more