Freeform’s executive vice president of original programming and development Lauren Corrao is exiting the cable network after a year and a half.
Corrao had taken over the position from Karey Burke, who in late 2018 left Freeform to become head of ABC Entertainment. The move comes four months after Tara Duncan stepped into the presidency at Freeform in the wake of the April departure of Tom Ascheim, who had brought Corrao on board.
Corrao oversaw all scripted and unscripted development, current originals, as well as casting and talent development at the young adult cabler. Prior to her time at Freeform, Corrao served as co-president of indie studio Tornante TV, and before that spent eight years at Comedy Central, ultimately becoming president of original programming and development and overseeing “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” among other series.
No replacement has been named. The Hollywood Reporter first reported news of Corrao’s departure.
A year and a half after taking the job, Lauren Corrao is no longer head of programming at Freeform, the network confirmed Friday night.
She first assumed the role in April, 2019, replacing Karey Burke. The network did not elaborate on the circumstances of her departure, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Corrao will maintain a relationship with Freeform, developing and producing potential new shows.
Prior to joining Freeform, Corrao spent eight years at Comedy Central, ultimately rising to the role of president, Original Programming and Development, where she oversaw shows such as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” and developed “Chappelle’s Show,” “RENO 911,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Tosh 2.0,” “Workaholics,” as well as the network’s event programming such as the “Comedy Central Roast” franchise and one-hour standup comedy specials.
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Corrao’s exit from the position comes five months after the network named Tara Duncan as its new president. Duncan joined Freeform from Hulu, where she was developing an adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ novel, “The Other Black Girl.” Before her Hulu deal, she was a creative executive with Netflix where she oversaw series including “Orange Is the New Black” and “Narcos” and helped to launch “She’s Gotta Have It,” “The Get Down,” “Sens8” and “Dear White People.” Completing her trifecta of streaming services, Duncan produced the pilot for Amazon Prime’s “Bosch,” its first scripted drama series.
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