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Netflix hires ABC Studios veteran Lisa Lang McMullen for drama development

Netflix has appointed veteran ABC Studios/ABC Signature exec Lisa Lang McMullen as director of drama development. Lang McMullen will bring 20 years of drama and comedy experience to the Jinny Howe-led team, following 12 years at the Disney-owned studio, where she started out as a member of the comedy unit in 2009, working on shows […]

MPCA hires ABC Studios alum for scripted push, preps ‘Sanctuary’ reboot

US-based Motion Pictures Corporation of America (MPCA) has appointed Amy Hartwick, former ABC Studios SVP of creative development, as president of television for a push into scripted series. Hartwick will take charge of efforts to build a scripted TV division, with the first project she is tackling including a reboot of Sanctuary, the Damian Kindler-created […]

Disney’s ABC Signature hires Starz originals exec to lead drama development

Disney-owned ABC has appointed Starz exec Susan Lewis as head of drama development at its newly formed ABC Signature production arm. She replaces Patrick Maguire, who had been with ABC owner Disney for almost two decades. He had been promoted in 2018 to become SVP of drama development at ABC Studios, which which was merged […]

20th Century Fox TV appoints Jennifer Gwartz for scripted development

Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV has appointed producer Jennifer Gwartz as its EVP of development for comedy and drama. Gwartz will oversee scripted development of live-action content and will work with the studio’s comedy and drama development teams on programming. She was most recently working at Random Hill Productions, the outfit she launched with Jon […]

ABC Studios promotes Melanie Frankel to oversee comedy

ABC Studios has appointed Melanie Frankel to oversee its comedy output, replacing Amy Hartwick who stepped down over the summer. Frankel was previously VP of current series for ABC Studios and now becomes head of comedy, working across the company’s slate of shows. The exec previously worked in comedy development for ABC Studios until 2011, […]

ABC Studios alternative chief Fernando Hernandez to exit

ABC Studios’ alternative division chief Fernando Hernandez is to leave the company, according to US reports. Hernandez is a former head of alternative at Universal TV and took on a similar role to set up the division at ABC Studios in 2017, joining under former chief Patrick Moran. The latter left ABC earlier this summer […]

Disney’s global content sales chief Janice Marinelli steps down

Disney’s president of global content sales and distribution Janice Marinelli (pictured), who has been with the company for more than 30 years, is stepping down from her position. Marinelli was most recently overseeing US and international programme sales for the Mouse House, as well as distribution of its direct-to-consumer apps to platforms and networks around […]

The Mayor loses popularity at ABC

US broadcaster ABC has effectively cancelled The Mayor, its in-house sitcom about an unconventional political leader. The show was due to return after the holiday season in its Tuesday 9.30pm slot, but has been pulled from the schedule, with a Modern Family re-run replacing it. The Hollywood Reporter has reported producers will attempt the revive […]

ABC job cuts planned in Disney cost saving drive

The Walt Disney Company is looking to cut around 10% of annual costs at its Disney-ABC Television arm, potentially affecting 300 jobs. The ABC US broadcast network, production arm ABC Studios and ABC News are expected to take the biggest hits, with cable channels ABC News, Freeform and Disney Channel also affected. The Wall Street […]

Ryan Seacrest signs ABC Studios deal

American presenter Ryan Seacrest has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios. Under terms of the pact, Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) will develop exclusive scripted projects for TV networks and on-demand platforms within the studios arm of US broadcaster ABC. RSP was previously housed at CBS Television Studios. Seacrest recently signed up to co-host a […]

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