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Lee expected to replace McPherson as ABC Entertainment president

Steve McPherson is out as president of the ABC Entertainment Group and head of ABC Studios, with ABC Family president Paul Lee expected to take the reins, according to trade reports.
July 28, 2010

Steve McPherson is out as president of the ABC Entertainment Group and head of ABC Studios, with ABC Family president Paul Lee expected to take the reins, according to trade reports. An internal statement from Disney/ABC said he submitted his resignation Tuesday, and the company accepted. ‘I want to thank the wonderful team of individuals who have worked with me throughout my time here and wish them nothing but the best,’ McPherson was quoted as saying in the company statement. McPherson oversaw ABC’s entertainment division for six years. Lee began his tenure at ABC Family in 2004, coming from his post as founder and CEO of BBC America. Prior to coming to the U.S., he held several posts at the Beeb, including that of channel editor for BBC Prime, the company’s 24-hour entertainment channel. McPherson says he will be making an announcement soon concerning ‘a new entrepreneurial venture in the spirits business.’

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