ABC Studios announced several key changes on Wednesday, most notably the exit of topper Barry Jossen. The veteran of the company is returning to production with an overall deal at ABC Studios.
Jossen's shoes will be filled by Patrick Moran. The former senior vp of development, who came to the studio from 20th Century Fox TV, will now run ABC Studios.
“We thank Barry for the amazing work he’s done in helping build the strength of the studio and look forward to working with him as an Academy Award winning producer on our lot,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee.
Assuming leadership and oversight of ABC Studios in 2009, Jossen has overseen the successful launch of such ABC hits as Revenge and Once Upon a Time. He had previously served as a co-ep on Sex and the City.
“During the course of the past year, I have given a lot of thought about what I want to do next due to television's changing landscape," said Jossen. "For me, it seemed best to get out of the day-to-day operational work of overseeing ABC Studios. I plan to return to producing and am considering a number of other opportunities that have come my way. I love my colleagues at ABC Studios and have been quietly preparing them for success as they transition into their new positions.”
All creative and production operations will now report to Moran, who has brought on Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire since joining the studio and overseen existing deals with Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland, the Mark Gordon Company, Mandeville, Anthony Zuiker and others. Channing Dungey and Samie Falvey have also been promoted to executive vp level alongside him.
“Samie, Patrick and Channing are talented, risk-taking storytellers, as well as trusted executives, with strong relationships throughout the creative community,” added Lee. “Their innate understanding of how to nurture franchises while developing new hits will provide the foundation for our continued success. Additionally, these moves further empower our creative leadership and ensure the vibrancy of the network and studio in the future.”
Dungey adds movies and miniseries to her purview in her new role as executive vp of drama development. She most recently developed and launched the studio's buzzy hit, Scandal.
Rising to executive vp of comedy development, Falvey will also be taking on international scripted development. She joined ABC Studios in 2006 and helped to launch the network's powerful Wednesday comedy block -- including keystone Modern Family.
ABC first merged studio and network operations in 2009, a move recently followed by CBS.