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Disney/ABC Shuffles Lineup as Longtime Exec Announces Retirement TVWeek

Disney/ABC Syndication Sales today announced changes in its executive lineup after a longtime executive unveiled retirement plans. Howard Levy will retire from the company at the end of this month, the company announced.

Irv Schulman will step up to become head of Syndication Sales, reporting to ABC Sales President Geri Wang.

Said Wang: “Howard’s talent and hard work have built syndication sales into a great business for our company. He has been an important contributor and a great friend; we wish him the best in his retirement. Looking ahead, we have high expectations for the future; Irv’s experience and client relationships should serve us very well.”

Disney/ABC Syndication Sales was previously called Buena Vista Television, and later Disney-ABC Domestic Television. The unit currently represents “Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “On the Red Carpet” and “Katie,” and starting in fall 2014 will represent “Scandal.”

Levy has been with Disney/ABC for 24 years, and is credited with launching the sales efforts for “Star Search,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Solid Gold Hits,” Disney Afternoon, syndicated “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” “Katie" and other programs.