Designed, directed every major news program

After more than three decades at ABC News, Roger Goodman is stepping down as the division’s director.

In a memo to staffers, ABC News prexy David Westin said Goodman –who directed this year’s Oscarcast and designed much of the look of the net’s news programs — planned to focus on expanding his independent production company.

An ABC News rep described Goodman as “irreplaceable” and said his duties will be farmed out to several of his colleagues, rather than a new hire.

For his part, Goodman stressed that he is not retiring — besides growing his Roger Goodman Productions, Goodman will still make himself available to ABC News as needed.

Goodman is credited with the invention of the graphic box over the anchor’s shoulder used in newscasts, and coordinated live coverage from locations such as nuclear subs and aircraft carriers.

“Roger Goodman’s profound effect on television news and sports cannot be overstated,” Westin said.

Goodman has directed major live events from ABC’s coverage of the Olympics (10 times) and its 91 hours devoted to Sept. 11 to the net’s 24-hour millennium telecast. He also designed and directed every major ABC news program.

Goodman has served as vice president of special projects for the ABC television network since 1998, creating, producing and directing special programming.

“I’ve had an incredible ride, and I wanted to take one more chance to see if I could continue expanding my company,” said Goodman. “I want to reinvent myself a fourth time.”

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