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ABC’s Saade, Dummer, Moran shift executive roles

ABC Entertainment has shuffled around its executives in a strategic move to "better align creative strengths against organizational needs."
June 20, 2011

ABC Entertainment has shuffled around its executives in a strategic move to “better align creative strengths against organizational needs.”

John Saade has been named EVP, alternative series & late-night programming, ABC Entertainment. Formerly holding the SVP role, Saade is tasked with overseeing all of the network’s primetime alternative/reality series and late-night programming.

Vicki Dummer has been upped to SVP, current series & specials, ABC Entertainment. Dummer was previously SVP, alternative series and specials, ABC Entertainment. In her new role, she will oversee all current series and special programming for the network’s primetime block.

Both Saade and Dummer will report to Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group

The shift also moves Lynn Barrie, who held the role of SVP of current programming, into development as SVP, comedy development, ABC Entertainment.

Previously SVP, drama series for ABC Studios, Patrick Moran’s new role is SVP & head of creative development, ABC Studios. Moran is responsible for creative development for the Studio, and will report to Barry Jossen, EVP, ABC Studios, with an editorial line on creative to Paul Lee.

Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, stated, “These changes bolster the creative strength of our studio with two of our strongest up-and-coming creative executives; empower our current department, which is the heart of the network; and position our successful reality department for even greater achievement in the future.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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