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Lazzo Goes Adult, Simensky Moves West At Cartoon Network

In response to the greater number of adults tuning into Cartoon Network, the channel has moved Mike Lazzo from SVP of programming to SVP of its ADULT SWIM programming franchise. And in a move that's been in the works for some time, it was confirmed by a Cartoon Network spokesperson that Linda Simensky, SVP of original animation, will move from Turner headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to the Cartoon Network Studio in Burbank, California to look after new programming initiatives for 2003. Lazzo helped launch the channel in 1992 and has been involved in new acquisitions and development of original series. He will also work with CN's marketing staff. Simensky is also a CN veteran exec, who globetrots to animation festivals and shows, seeking new talent and properties for the channel to acquire and develop. Her focus will be comedy and as she joins Sam Register, SVP of original programming who will concentrate on action. ADULT SWIM is CN's block of animated programming aimed at teens and young adults. At its launch on Sept. 2, 2001, the block originally aired on Saturday and Sunday nights. Due to its success, it expanded to Sunday-Thursday nights, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., starting Jan. 12, 2003. Sunday evenings are dedicated exclusively to comedy, including original series and popular acquisitions. Monday-Thursday offers a mix of comedy series, including FUTURAMA and HOME MOVIES, along with popular action/anime series shows such as COWBOY BEBOP, LUPIN THE GREAT, INU YASHA, TENCHI MUYO, PILOT CANDIDATE, GUNDAM 0083 and YU YU HAKUSHO.