Lionsgate ups Scott Herbst and Jocelyn Sabo for TV roles

Scott Herbst and Jocelyn Sabo

US studio Lionsgate has promoted Scott Herbst and Jocelyn Sabo to new roles overseeing the company’s TV output.

Herbst becomes head of scripted development for Lionsgate Television Group while Sabo has been named senior VP of television.

Former NBCUniversal International exec Herbst was most recently senior VP of TV production and will now oversee development of all scripted series, as well as working across Lionsgate’s production partnerships. His credits include London Spy for BBC America and You, Me and The Apocalypse for NBC in the US and Sky in the UK.

Meanwhile, former VP of TV development Sabo has had her remit over the studio’s TV output extended having worked on series including Orange Is the New Black for Netflix.

The promotions follow rapid growth for Lionsgate’s TV slate, which includes NBC’s dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, HBO Max’s comedy Love Life, and Mythic Quest at Apple. Other series include Fall and Rise at ABC and Showtime’s The Kingkiller Chronicles.

Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group chairman, said: “We’re very proud to promote our star performers Scott and Jocelyn who have helped assemble an incredibly exciting, diverse and robust slate filled with unique and bold high-profile series for partners across the entire television spectrum.

“Their business savvy, unwavering passion for quality television and keen eye for fresh creative voices and storytelling makes them the perfect team to continue to drive our business into our next era of Lionsgate scripted television.”