ABC Entertainment Group Finalizes Reorganization

Jun 18, 2009  •  Post A Comment

ABC Entertainment Group has completed its reorganization, a process that began in January when it was announced that ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios would be merging into one unit headed by Steve McPherson.

It was speculated that an announcement would be made today.

Under the reorganization, Business Affairs, Business Development, Casting, Program Planning, Scheduling and Distribution will be managed as integrated areas effective immediately. ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios will retain separate creative teams, with each combining development and current programming roles.

Jeff Bader will continue in his role overseeing primetime and late night program planning and scheduling for ABC Entertainment Group. He will also oversee global programming, distribution and windowing strategies for all ABC Entertainment Group programs across all platforms, both domestic and international.

Barry Jossen will continue to oversee studio creative and production, while Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs remains in charge of network scripted creative.

Vicki Dummer and John Saade remain co-heads of alternative series, specials and late night for the network.

Mia Rondinella will serve as vice president of business planning and development for the group.

Jana Winograde will oversee deals, agreements and business as executive VP of business affairs and administration.

ABC’s current head of programming Kim Rozenfeld will get a production deal with ABC Studios as part of the restructuring, The Hollywood Reporter says. He will develop and produce series as a nonwriting producer.

“The new organization will strengthen our position as a top quality content engine and promote a healthier business model to sustain it,” said McPherson. “The structural changes we have put in place ensure a cohesive vision from a creative, production and business standpoint, and will make us a stronger, more efficient team more seamlessly focused on common goals."

–Vlada Gelman

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