ABC veteran moves to WBTV

Pedowitz is still working out details of new gig

Mark Pedowitz has formally ankled Disney-ABC Television Group and is planting his flag at Warner Bros. TV.

Pedowitz, the former prexy of ABC Studios, has cut a producing deal with Warner Bros. Television. The details of the pact are still being worked out. Pedowitz and Warner Bros. declined to comment Wednesday.

Pedowitz exited his post as prexy of ABC Studios, after nearly five years at the helm, in January 2009, when oversight of ABC Entertainment and the ABC Studios wing were consolidated under ABC Entertainment prexy Stephen McPherson (Daily Variety, Jan. 23, 2009).

Before ABC Studios, Pedowitz spent 13 years as a senior exec and head of business affairs for ABC. He’s highly regarded in the biz as a strategic thinker known for crafting template-setting license fee agreements and other innovative network-studio deals.

During his time at the helm of ABC Studios, the Mouse’s TV production wing prospered with such ABC hits as “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “Ugly Betty,” as well as the CBS dramas “Criminal Minds” and “Ghost Whisperer.” He also expanded the studio’s scope into cable and firstrun syndie production with ABC Family’s “Kyle XY,” TNT’s “Raising the Bar” and the syndie “Legend of the Seeker.”

Most recently, he’d served as senior adviser to Disney-ABC TV Group boss Anne Sweeney.

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