Reality chief Lisa Berger exits ABC

U.S. broadcaster ABC has confirmed that Lisa Berger (pictured) has exited her position as exec VP for alternate series, specials and late-night, after only 13 months on the job.
November 17, 2014

U.S. broadcaster ABC has confirmed that Lisa Berger (pictured), the network’s reality chief, has exited her position as exec VP for alternate series, specials and late-night, after only 13 months on the job.

Berger joined ABC last September from E! Entertainment and commissioned reality competition series Rising Star and reality dating show The Bachelor in Paradise, neither of which set ratings ablaze.

ABC’s current reality successes - Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank - were hits from the John Saade era – the former exec VP of alternate series and late-night programming, who had held the position since 2004 and whom Berger replaced last year. Berger greenlit the 10 x 60-minute Shark Tank companion series Beyond The Tank, but an air date is yet to be set.

ABC alternative VP Rob Mills will reportedly oversee the department until a successor is replaced.

In a statement, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said: “I want to thank Lisa for all her hard work and dedication to the ABC alternative brand, and we wish her the very best in her next venture.”

During her nine-year tenure at E!, Berger was involved with Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Girl Next Door and Chelsea Lately.

She had also spent four years as Fox TV Studios’ creative affairs executive VP, and 12 years prior to that at MTV Networks, where she had developed series including Singled Out, The Jenny McCarthy Show and Road Rules.

  • CLARIFICATION 18/11/14: While role-playing competition The Quest aired during Berger’s tenure as reality chief, it was actually commissioned prior to her arrival at the network. Realscreen regrets the error.
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