John Saade leaving ABC

The executive VP of alternative series and late-night programming for the U.S. broadcaster had overseen such reality hits as Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor and Wipeout.
September 20, 2013

John Saade, executive VP of alternative series and late-night programming with ABC in the U.S., is departing from the network.

Saade was named EVP in 2011, and had previously been SVP, alternative series, specials and late-night with Vicki Dummer since 2006. In his time with the network, he had been involved in the oversight and development of such unscripted hits as Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, Wipeout, and many others. For late-night, he had been part of the team behind the launch of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Saade had previously worked in production with Dakota Films, producing such programs as In Style’s Celebrity Weddings and The Best Commercials You’ve Never Seen. He had also left ABC for a period in 2003 for a stint in indie production and a two-year development deal with the net, working as an EP on the American version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. He returned to the VP of alternative post for ABC in 2004.

No reason has been given for the departure. It is the third high-profile change in the broadcast reality landscape, following the exits of Fox’s Mike Darnell and CBS’s Jennifer Bresnan.

ABC president Paul Lee praised Saade for his “enormous contributions to ABC and the reality genre, developing some truly innovative buzz-worthy programming and growing some of our more important franchises.”

A replacement has not yet been announced.

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