Former ABC Studios exec Barry Jossen has joined A+E Studios to oversee its growing slate of scripted productions.
Jossen will serve as exec VP of A+E Studios, headed by Bob DeBitetto, who is also president of brand strategy and business development for the corporate parent of A&E Network, Lifetime and History. Based in Los Angeles, Jossen will run creative affairs and production on all scripted programming produced by the studio.
A+E Studios was formed in January 2013 following the exec shuffle that saw Nancy Dubuc take the reins of A+E as CEO. The studio arm was formed to help the company better manage the growing volume of original production across its cablers — and to allow A+E more control of multiplatform and international rights for its shows.
Jossen is a seasoned producer who spearheaded the production of a slew of Alphabet hits during his 13-year tenure at ABC Studios, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Cougar Town” and Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” He left in July amid an exec shakeup at the studio.
DeBitetto called Jossen one of the biz’s “most well-regarded” execs. After exiting ABC over the summer, Jossen launched his own shingle, JuneBug Entertainment, and quickly developed a number of projects, including pilot prospects for CBS and ABC.
“Barry’s unparalleled reputation, expertise and track record will be instrumental to the rapid growth of A+E Studios and to the achievement of its business and creative mission,” he said.
A+E Studios’ slate at present includes several longform projects in various stages for History: “Houdini,” starring Adrien Brody; “Texas Rising” and Revolutionary War epic “Sons of Liberty.” Shingle is also working on a remake of the French zombie drama “The Returned” for A&E that has generated some heat in its subtitled airing on Sundance Channel.
“I’m honored that (A+E) has asked me to join them,” Jossen said. “I look forward to being a very productive and prolific member of their team.”