Robert Mills to head up alternative for ABC

Upped to SVP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming at the U.S. broadcast net, Mills was serving as interim head of the department following the departure of Lisa Berger in November.
February 20, 2015

American broadcast net ABC has upped Robert Mills from VP to SVP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming, giving him oversight of the network’s unscripted output.

Mills, who was acting in the role on an interim basis following the departure of alternative EVP Lisa Berger in November, is now charged with development, current production and specials for ABC’s alternative series. He has oversight of the alternative division’s staff and reports directly to Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group.

“Rob is a passionate and creative executive with strong leadership skills,” said Lee in a statement. “His instincts and unparalleled knowledge of pop culture are certain to help invigorate our fantastic reality team.”

Previously as a VP, Mills oversaw production on such ABC unscripted hits as Shark Tank, Dancing with the Stars and The Taste, as well as newer offerings such as Ellen DeGeneres’ hidden camera show, Repeat After Me, which made its debut this past Tuesday (February 17); and the upcoming game show, 500 Questions, from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. He also had oversight of special event programming for the network, including The American Music Awards telecast and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Mills began his career as an assistant in the alternative department at CAA.

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