Stu Smiley was the "Mildly Creative Consultant" on the original morning David Letterman Show, founded the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, launched The Comedy Channel, and developed and executive produced "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Flight of the Conchords."
As an Executive Producer, Smiley has won two EmmysŪ for best comedy for "Everybody Loves Raymond." He also developed and served as Executive Producer of "The Mind of the Married Man," and won Cable ACE awards for both HBO's "20 Years of Comedy" and "George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy," which was produced at the 1997 USCAF.
Smiley founded and served as Executive Director for the thirteen years of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (Aspen Comedy Festival.) He began his successful association with HBO in 1986 when he was named Vice President, Comedy, to develop specials and series. In 1990, as Senior Vice President, Programming, he spearheaded the launch of the Comedy Channel-- now Comedy Central--and developed cult hits "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and "The Kids in the Hall."
As Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Fox Broadcasting from 1990 through 1994, Smiley was responsible for developing "Roc." From 1983 to 1986, he served as Vice President, Variety, for Showtime.
From 1976 to 1982, Smiley served as a manager at Rollins & Joffee, where he handled star clients including Robin Williams and David Letterman.
Smiley began his business career as a production assistant on "Annie Hall." He currently lives in Santa Monica, California.