A top programming executive is parting ways with ABC over what is being called creative differences. Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that Lisa Berger is leaving the network after spending one year as executive vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night.
“The parting of the ways is attributed to creative differences,” Andreeva reports. “ABC’s VP Alternative Series Rob Mills is expected to oversee the network’s unscripted department until a replacement is found.”
The report adds: “There had been rumblings for months that Berger’s background — she previously was president of entertainment at E! — did not mesh well with the ABC culture, and that she did not feel like a good fit for the broadcast network and its programming team.”
Presumably it didn’t help Berger that the first big show she acquired was the summer singing competition “Rising Star,” which didn’t perform well, the story notes.