ABC Entertainment


Dungey steps down at ABC as Burke takes the reins

Ahead of Disney’s completion of the 21st Century Fox acquisition, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey (pictured) has made the decision to step down and will be succeeded by Freeform originals head Karey Burke. Dungey, who has been with the business for 14 years, has shepherded a wide range of award-winning programming for ABC including The Good […]

ABC poaches Fox studio exec for comedy

US broadcaster ABC has hired Jennifer Carreras Twentieth Century Fox Television to bolster its comedy ranks. Carreras will work under ABC Entertainment senior VP of network comedy Jamila Hunter as VP of network comedy. She will be responsible for overseeing development and production of new comedies for the ABC channel. After beginning her career at […]

Ex-E! scripted boss to run Lionsgate JV

Former E! head of scripted programming Kevin Plunkett will lead the new Lionsgate and New Regency television and film production joint venture. Lionsgate and film firm New Regency revealed they were joining forces to produce and distribute TV shows and features earlier this year at NATPE Miami. Plunkett, who was in charge of scripted programming […]

ABC in ‘unprecedented’ rights deal with Warner

US broadcaster ABC has signed what it describes as an “unprecedented” programme rights agreement with Warner Bros Television. This gives Disney-ABC Television Group’s ABC Entertainment stacking rights to Warner Bros. Television Group-produced series for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 broadcast seasons. This means that ABC will be able to offer all episodes for current seasons of […]

Reality round the clock

NBC’s large scale live event gameshow Million Second Quiz has ended after nearly 12 days of continuous competition and handing out the biggest prize in network history. But what does the show say about the future of the future of primetime reality shows? Jesse Whittock reports. Stephen Lambert’s London-based development team first conceived NBC’s Million […]

Power Play: why celebs are becoming execs

As the global media superpowers march into ever more sectors, A-list actors, musicians, fashion gurus and novelists are taking control of television projects. Jesse Whittock reports on the rise of the celebrity superproducer. In the past, the glamorous worlds of film, sport, pop music and fashion looked down their noses at TV from behind the […]

Electus poaches Henson for unscripted role

Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus has hired ABC Entertainment alternative entertainment exec Corie Henson to become executive VP, unscripted television. Henson previously oversaw production of ABC unscripted series such as Dancing With the Stars, Shark Tank and Extreme Makeover, but has now taken the new role with US-based Electus. Beginning this month, she will oversee Electus’s unscripted […]

FMNA appoints Shine America exec as new COO

FremantleMedia North America has appointed Shine Group’s US COO Lee Rierson to take on the same role at the American Idol producer. Rierson (left) will join FMNA on July 22, reporting to CEO Thom Beers. Under his remit falls production, business and legal affairs, communications and marketing, business development and strategic planning. FMNA is behind […]