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Walter Newman

SVP, Program Development
Adult Swim

As an assistant at Comedy Central I discovered the comedy group that would go on to make the series Workaholics. From $50k pilot to Comedy Central's first live-action narrative hit in sometime, I oversaw the development and creative execution of the first season. The show spawned actors such as Jillian Bell and Adam Devine. After overseeing the first season, I left Comedy Central as a coordinator and joined Adult Swim as a manager of development at the end of 2010.

At Adult Swim I've developed, overseen and EP'd a wide variety of animated and live-action programming including: Rick and Morty, The Boondocks, Loiter Squad (w/ Tyler the Creator), Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, China, IL, The Eric Andre Show, Joe Pera Talks With You, Black Jesus, Black Dynamite, Mr. Pickles, The Jellies, Teenage Euthanasia, The Shivering Truth, Primal, Robot Chicken, Dream Corp LLC, Tuca and Bertie, and more.

As the SVP of program development I oversee the development department, help steer the network legal meeting, and am a key point of interface for marketing, PR, etc. Along with two of my development execs, I hosted a live pitch show on YouTube for several years called Development Meeting in which we gave advice and occasionally bought pitches. The show gained enough traction to be aired in a cut down version on TV (at 4am).

I've developed an overseen digital content and computer programmers making digital toys such as the popular Rick and Morty stretchy face "Elastic Man".

There's more, before and after the above, but this feels like a good place to start.

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