Archie Purvis, longtime international sales executive for ABC, is taking early retirement as part of the ongoing restructuring of the CapCities/ABC production operations.

Purvis, one of the highest ranking black executives in showbiz, joined the company as a VP in the video sales division in 1980 and was most recently president of Ambroco Media Group Inc., a production unit whose aim was to develop and produce programming with foreign partners.

According to an internal memo to all CapCities/ABC Inc. department heads dated Jan. 10, Ambroco will cease operations in the near future. It is thought that some of the activities of the unit will be subsumed under the ABC Prods. banner. The memo, written by David Wetin, president of production for the ABC TV Network, said that several other employees of the Ambroco unit were looking for job opportunities within and outside the network.

In addition to a series of key programming sales positions — culminating in two years as president of the ABC Distribution Co. — Purvis has been active on both private and public sector boards. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Board of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting in 1987 and served for five years.

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