ABC Entertainment Boss Staying Put, Despite Speculation He’s Headed to BBC

May 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The president of the ABC Entertainment Group, who became the subject of speculation after a report out of London gave the impression he might jump to the BBC, is staying put, Deadline.com reports.

Paul Lee, who was born in the U.K., reportedly isn’t interested in stepping in as director general of the BBC, a position that will soon become vacant, the story says, citing sources at ABC.

The overture to Lee was one-way from the BBC, and he’s under contract to ABC and has no interest in leaving, the story says. Lee was approached because he’s British, the piece adds. Nonetheless, the original report generated buzz about the possibility that Lee might be on the move.

Lee and his executives are deep in screening pilots, given that ABC’s upfront presentation is just two weeks away. It would be poor timing for Lee to leave, especially considering that he has been in his current ABC role for less than two years and his first development season delivered more than its share of hits — including shows such as "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge," the piece points out.

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