Paul Lee


Deloitte: UK TV viewing by 18-24’s to drop by up to 15% in 2018

Traditional TV viewing among 18-24 year olds in the UK will fall by 10%-15% in 2018 and 2019 but the rate of decline may slow after this, according to new research by Deloitte. The UK media sector trends report mooted a ‘Great British switch off’ among younger viewers as demand for paid-for online media content […]

ABC names new comedy chief

US broadcast network has upped Jamila Hunter to replace Samie Falvey as its comedy chief. Hunter has been named senior VP and head of comedy at the Disney-ABC Television Group channel, rising from VP level. She becomes one of the first major hires ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has made since replacing Paul Lee earlier […]

ABC’s Falvey to run Awesomeness mobile VOD net

Youth-focused content firm AwesomenessTV has poached the head of comedy at US broadcaster ABC to lead a new mobile video service being launched with telco Verizon. Samie Falvey will oversee programming, development and production at the currently unnamed streaming service, which was first revealed with Verizon bought a 24.5% stake in DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV in […]

Paul Lee leaving ABC, Dungey steps up

Paul Lee is leaving his role running ABC, with Channing Dungey replacing him at the US broadcast net. Lee’s exit comes after Ben Sherwood (below right) replaced Anne Sweeney at the top of the Disney/ABC Television group. Dungey (left) joined ABC in 2004, having also worked at Warner Bros. and Fox. As EVP, drama development, […]

Berger exits ABC

Lisa Berger is exiting her post as the top reality exec as US broadcaster ABC after less than a year. Berger was appointed executive VP, alternative programming to replace John Saade in September last year, but is now leaving the Alphabet. Rob Mills, VP of alternative series, will oversee the reality unit until a full […]

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 […]

International media coming to Cambridge

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, ABC boss Paul Lee and Microsoft Studios chief Nancy Tellem will be in the UK next month for the Royal Television Society’s annual convention. The media get-together is chaired by Channel 4 boss David Abraham and other speakers include UK culture secretary Maria Miller, BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, YouTube […]