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Touchstone ups four execs

Alex Weinberger, Nina Howie, Jodie Platt and Josh Barry have all been
promoted at The Walt Disney Co.-owned studio Touchstone Television, Touchstone
president Stephen McPherson said Monday.

Weinberger becomes executive director of comedy series overseeing My Wife
and Kids
and Scrubs.

Howie and Platt become directors of comedy development. Howie works on
Life with Bonnie
, Less than Perfect and midseason show Regular
, while Platt works on 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage
, According to Jim and midseason program Lost at

All three comedy executives report to Julia Franz, vice president of comedy

On the drama side, Barry has been promoted to executive director of drama
series. Barry oversees That Was Then and midseason show Veritas.
Barry reports to Suzanne Patmore, VP of drama series.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.