Alphabet finalizes deal with exec to head programming, prod'n

ABC’s exec shuffle at the top is complete. ABC Family prexy Paul Lee has been upped to prexy of ABC Entertainment Group, overseeing programming for the Alphabet net and the ABC Studios production arm.

Lee was drafted for the job after ABC decided to part ways with former prexy Stephen McPherson, whose resignation was announced on Tuesday.

Lee’s appointment was confirmed Friday by Disney-ABC TV Group chief Anne Sweeney.

Lee will dive head first into the ABC fray on Sunday when he greets the press at the Alphabet’s day of the Television Critics Assn. press tour at the BevHilton. ABC confirmed Friday that Lee would hold an exec session at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. Lee is cutting short his vacation in his native Britain to be at the TCA confab.

“Paul was hired (at ABC Family) six years ago because of his great creative instincts and his ability to identify an audience and develop programming that resonates with them, and those same strengths are why he was tapped for this new responsibility. Paul’s success at ABC Family is as amazing as it is indisputable, and I’m looking forward to his continued success on ABC,” Sweeney said.

Lee added: “I’m proud of everything we achieved at ABC Family, and I’m looking forward to working with another great team at ABC Entertainment Group to bring even more compelling stories to viewers. ABC is a great network defined by creativity and known for delivering some of the best shows on television. I’m excited to be part of it, and deeply honored to be chosen for the unique opportunity to lead the network and the brand into the future.”

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