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Oxygen ups Abraham, cancels “Glee Project”

Cori Abraham, senior VP of development for Oxygen Media, has added international business to her remit, as the U.S. network has confirmed it will not be renewing The Glee Project for a third season.
July 17, 2013

Cori Abraham, senior VP of development for Oxygen Media, has added international business to her remit.

As the senior vice president of development and international, Abraham will work with the NBCU international sales team, looking for global formats that can be brought back to the U.S. cable network. In addition, she will be the point person for the global sales of Oxygen-branded programming.

She will continue to work in development, reporting to Rod Aissa, senior vice president of original programming and development, and will report to Oxygen president Jason Klarman for international business.

Abraham has developed shows including Best Ink, The Glee Project and The Face over her three years with Oxygen. Prior to that, she was vice president of development at Bravo, where she executive produced shows including Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and developed The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She has also served as director of development and executive producer at VH1 and director of comedy development at FX.

“Cori’s development success in the last year alone has been significant for the network,” said Klarman. “Bringing her creative vision and passion will help take Oxygen’s international efforts to the next level.”

The news comes as the U.S. cable network confirmed that has called time on its reality competition series The Glee Project, after two seasons.

In a statement, the network said: “The Glee Project will not be returning to Oxygen, but we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals. The show had so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling.”

Spokespersons for the network have added that the decision to cancel the series was made prior to the untimely death of Glee cast member Cory Monteith on Saturday (July 13).

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