|DECEMBER 04, 2017 – TBS, a division of Turner, today announced the promotions of Thom Hinkle to executive vice president of original programming and Jeniffer Kim to senior vice president of original programming for TBS. They will continue to report into Brett Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS. This programming executive trio has cultivated and continues to maintain an epic run of seven consecutive hit scripted original series (all of which have been renewed), the #1 new comedy (The Guest Book), #1 talk show in the youngest demo (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), 5 top 20 comedies on television (The Guest Book, Wrecked, Full Frontal, The Detour and American Dad), and beloved critical darling Search Party, while maintaining TBS’ standing as the #2 entertainment network on cable.
“Thom and Jen have had a tremendous impact on TBS’ success and I couldn’t imagine better partners, or a better team, in this business. Thom’s passion and instincts are second-to-none, and Jeniffer’s creativity and dedication continue to drive us forward. Everything they’ve dished out in the past two years has topped the charts and transitioned TBS into a comedy powerhouse,” said Weitz, executive vice president of programming for TBS. “It would be nice to stand outside of their shadows once in a while.”
“The TBS team under Brett’s leadership has simply crushed it and Thom and Jen have been central to that success. Thom is the rare, creative executive who brings an inspired, imaginative spark in his own right, while now managing a full slate of projects. Jen is also unique in that her level of enthusiasm and artistic advocacy she has sustained over 10 years is remarkable,” said Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment. “While I don’t particularly like Thom personally, Jen is an absolute delight.”
TBS has rapidly transitioned to a destination for original programming marked by a bold, comedic sensibility that consecutively generates top-rated shows. At the helm of that change, Weitz, Hinkle and Kim will continue to lead TBS’ expansion of original shows across all platforms.