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Lisa Berger to head ABC’s alternative division

The reality veteran and former E! programming president (pictured) replaces John Saade as the U.S. network's executive vice president of alternative series, specials and late night.
September 27, 2013

ABC has hired former E! programming president Lisa Berger (pictured) to be its executive vice president of alternative series, specials and late night.

The veteran unscripted exec replaces John Saade, who departed the U.S. broadcaster last week. She will oversee development of new reality series as well as manage current primetime alternative, specials and late-night programming.

The network’s unscripted titles include Shark Tank and long-running franchises The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars.

While at E!, Berger headed up programming, content strategy, production and development for the NBC Universal-owned cable network. She also managed in-house production arms, Ryan Seacrest Productions and Borderline Amazing Productions, and creative operations for Comcast Entertainment Studios. Her credits include Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Girls Next Door, Fashion Police and The Soup.

Berger joined E! as SVP of programming and development in 2003. Prior to that she was EVP of creative affairs for Fox Television Studios Production and spent 12 years at MTV Networks. As SVP of original programming and series development, she oversaw MTV series such as The Jenny McCarthy Show, Road Rules and Singled Out.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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