ABC has confirmed promotions for Alan Sternfeld, Deborah Ellis Leoni and Brian McAndrews, as expected (Daily Variety, Jan. 25), with Sternfeld becoming senior VP, program planning and scheduling, and assuming expanded responsibilities within the department.
In a structural move, the network also announced that McAndrews, named VP of current series programs, will now report to exec VP of prime time Stu Bloomberg –who oversees development– on all series during their first season to provide greater continuity on a program from conception through its first year of production.
Bloomberg has been expected to receive expanded authority within the department since Ted Harbert was elevated from his exec VP post to become president of ABC Entertainment. The current area will report to Harbert on shows after their freshman year.
Sternfeld will supervise all scheduling and take on new duties in terms of movie acquisitions and as the conduit to other company divisions, such as sales, affiliate relations and finance.
Leoni becomes VP of dramatic series development, filling a slot vacated when Gary Levine left to join Witt-Thomas Prods. The VP of current series programs slot had been vacant for over a year, during which time the area reported to Harbert.