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ABC Studios ups drama development chief

Other shifts impact current programming unit

ABC Studios made a flurry of executive shifts Wednesday, including putting a new head of drama development in place.

While a spokesman cautioned that a deal has yet to be finalized, Michael McDonald has been upped from VP of current drama programming to senior VP of drama development. He replaces Patrick Moran, who himself was promoted back in June to senior VP and head of creative development at the studio.

Among the ABC series McDonald was overseeing included “Castle,” “Happy Endings,” “Scandal,” “GCB” and “Revenge.” Before joining ABC Studios, he worked at UPN and Renaissance Pictures.

Emily Cummins, previously of Akiva Goldsman shingle Weed Road Pictures, will join ABC Studios as VP of drama development. Zack Olin, executive director of current programming for ABC, moves to the comedy development department as executive director.

In the studio’s current department, Dustin Davis joins as director. He previously served as manager of current series at Spike TV, which recently disclosed that it will be exiting the scripted series business. Karin Dubiel has been promoted from coordinator to manager.

The changes represent the biggest rash of activity at the studio under ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee since June, when top brass shifts included moving John Saade to executive VP alternative series and late night programming.

News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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