In addition to project management on some of the network’s highest priorities, Laura Johnson has been key in facilitating the evolution of the Comedy Central brand creative department.
She works with the network’s Off-Air Video team managing projects like the Upfront, All Hands and a multitude of other things that fall in that world. In addition to her full workload of general project management in our brand creative group, over the last year she has taken enormous strides toward establishing workflow solutions within our brand creative graphics teams and internal and external groups. She trains and mentors developing PA’s, project managers, and graphic assistants. She works to develop our international relations and workflow. She is a leading team member on big presentations such as our Up Fronts, Fall Ad Sales presentations, TCA’s, All Hands presentations, Budget presentations, etc. This is all in addition to leading project management for some of our highest network priorities, such as the launch of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, how you got started at Comedy Central and your interests (in both work and life).
I am probably best defined by the term ‘Working mom’. Pretty much all of my waking energy is spent at work or with my munchkins Ben (4) & Rachel (1). I am still so thrilled everyday to work for the channel I have been addicted to since the mid 90’s. If I am awake, I am either knee deep problem solving at work, or at home having a dance party or playing hide-and-seek. Going from one to the other I am playing Candy Crush on the PATH train.
What’s a typical day like for you?
One of the great things about what I do, is that there rarely is a typical day. A lot of time I am challenged with projects that do not fit the mold and I am tasked with figuring out the solution to a new kind of problem. I love to find solutions to new or existing problems.
What’s the best part of your job?
Hands down the people are the absolute best part of my day and my job, especially the people at Comedy Central. I have great colleagues who are talented, smart, and driven. Working alongside and helping these people create smart, funny content is just icing on the cake.
What’s your key to success?
I tackle every endeavor with a team mentality. I try to connect with people face-to-face if possible and I try to pose myself as a very positive ‘cheerleader’ for the group to motivate people to want to work together towards a common goal. I try to invoke my inner ‘Lesley Knope’. (with whom I share a birthday).
Where can we find you on the weekends?
Any combination of: soccer practice, playdates, sledding, family gatherings, and wine.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Erik Swart, a creative director I work very closely with, once told me that every few years, you need to assess what to do and see where there is room to grow. The technology updates so quickly is it very important to be flexible in embracing it.