Veteran animation executive and producer Katie Krentz and her 219 Productions banner have renewed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios inked in 2018. Three animated series orders have been announced since the original agreement to build an animation pipeline at the studio. Along with the recharged partnership, Krentz has promoted Joe Barrasas, formerly a staff writer for NBC comedy Superstore, to Director of Development for 219 Prod.
Krentz is currently executive producing CBS TV Studios’ recently greenlit CBS All Access animated series The Harper House, created by Brad Neeley (China, IL), as well as producing the streamer’s Star Trek: Lower Decks and the Studios’ untitled CG Star Trek series for Nickelodeon.
Krentz inked the CBS TV deal after a five-year stint as Senior Director of Comedy Animation Development for Cartoon Network. During this time she developed 15 series and some 35 pilots, including Emmy winning limited series Over the Garden Wall, Steven Universe, We Bare Bears, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Apple & Onion, Summer Camp Island and Craig of the Creek. Krentz also developed J.G. Quintel’s adult-targeted toon Close Enough, coming to TBS.
Prior to Cartoon Network, Krentz was at FOX TV for six years, working on The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, King of the Hill, Futurama and Bob’s Burgers. She was also responsible for day-to-day operations of the network’s Inkubation shorts program. Krentz is represented by UTA.
CBS TV Studios’ animation lineup also includes Stephen Colbert team toons Our Cartoon President (Showtime) and CBS All Access’ recently launched Tooning Out the News.