NEW YORK, January 28, 2014 – Emily Lazar has been promoted to Co-Executive Producer of Comedy Central’s® “The Colbert Report,” it was announced today by Stephen Colbert, Executive Producer, Writer and Host of the program. Lazar formerly served as Supervising Producer.

“For over 1,300 shows Emily Lazar has introduced me to people and ideas I never knew I cared so much about,” said Colbert. “She really makes me seem interesting.”

Lazar has been with “The Colbert Report” since its 2005 launch. During her tenure at the show, she has received numerous Producers Guild Awards, a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Variety Series and two Peabody® Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Lazar is responsible for securing a vast spectrum of guest appearances, ranging from the political realm, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Former President Bill Clinton and Rick Santorum, to high profile musical acts like Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Coldplay, to Hollywood A-listers including Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellan.

Lazar hails from a journalism background and entered the production world having worked as a talent booker at CNN, a producer for Harry Smith at “CBS News” and at “Charlie Rose” where she served as one of Rose’s first producers. During her time at “CBS News,” Lazar received a News & Documentary Emmy® Award for her work with Harry Smith and then at CNN, a Peabody® Award for Katrina coverage. She has also worked on shows such as Al Franken’s “Lateline,” Candice Bergen’s “Exhale” and as a talent booker for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” Lazar is a graduate of Harvard University and married with three children.

Since the show’s inception in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has been nominated for Emmys® in the show, writing and directing categories for eight consecutive years and its total number of nominations now stands at 34. The series received its first Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Variety Series in 2013 and nabbed Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in 2008, 2010 and 2013. “The Colbert Report” has been also cited for two prestigious Peabody® Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting in 2008 and 2012.

“The Colbert Report” is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions, Inc. in association with Colbert’s Spartina Productions, Inc. Stewart, Colbert and Tom Purcell are the Executive Producers with Meredith Bennett, Barry Julien and Emily Lazar as Co-Executive Producers. The series’ Head Writer is Opus Moreschi and it is directed by Jim Hoskinson. David Bernath is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

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