US network ABC sets up Times Square Studios

ABC has set up a new programming unit, Times Square Studios. It will oversee the US network’s current entertainment programming including Who Wants to be a Millionaire and The View as well as development of new daytime reality shows.

The decision to launch the new unit follows the news that Brian Frons, president, daytime, Disney/ABNC Television Group, will leave when his contract is up in January.

Vicki Drummer has been upped to executive VP, current series and specials, at the new studio and will report to Paul Lee, president of the network.

Drummer was previously senior VP, Current Series & Specials, ABC Entertainment.

Abra Potkin has been hired from CBS News as senior VP, East Coast Programming and Development at Times Square.

“We took this opportunity to rethink our business, and the result was the creation of Times Square Studios,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

She added: “Having it be part of the ABC Entertainment Group, under the supervision of proven executives Vicki Dummer and Paul Lee, provides us the opportunity to bring greater creative resources, development strength and operational flexibility to this key area of our business.”

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