The veteran television executive who was behind the launches of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and other hit shows has died. Variety reports that Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, who oversaw Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar division as executive VP, died this morning at age 50.
Her death was confirmed by Sony Pictures TV, but the specifics were not known.
In a note to staffers, Sony Pictures Television President Jeff Frost and co-Presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter wrote: “Today we lost an amazing and wonderful member of the SPT family. This is a shock to all of us and we are heartbroken.
“All of us at Sony Pictures Television were touched by Suzanne’s passion and friendship. She was a wonderful colleague and friend to all who worked with her. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
Variety reports that Patmore Gibbs, who was well-known in the TV industry, was seen as “a champion of distinctive writers and as an executive who nurtured younger and less experienced TV writers.”
“In the early 2000s, that list included then-TV newcomer Shonda Rhimes,” Variety adds. “Rhimes credited Patmore Gibbs as ‘the first exec to say “Maybe Shonda could write a TV show”‘ in a tweet paying tribute to the executive.”
Patmore Gibbs was also known as an advocate and mentor for women in the industry, Variety notes.