Inside the Office of ABC Studio’s Patrick Moran

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If ABC Studios head Patrick Moran’s office feels like an extension of his home — with the stylish couches, the carefully appointed artwork on the walls — it’s intentional. “You want people who are in a creative environment to feel comfortable here, so I try to warm it up a little bit,” he says. After all, his office serves as recruitment sessions for marquee names like Shonda Rhimes and John Ridley. “You’re only as good as the talent that lives inside the studio,” he says. The show posters hang triumphantly behind his desk — “they’re such great calling cards for us,” he says — but there’s also an inspiring view just outside: to the left is the Mickey Mouse water tower, to the right is the cemetery. “Cradle to grave,” he says with a laugh.

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ART AND SOUL
Moran’s first job out of college was in an art gallery — and though that career didn’t work out, he never lost his passion for collecting. He admits one overly large piece ended up in his office because he didn’t have room for it in his home. “It’s nice to think about something that isn’t business related to clear your head,” he says. “They’re probably abstract for that reason.”

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DOGGONE IT
“My partner and I don’t have children: We have dogs,” says Moran, by way of explanation of the professional photos of their two Shiba Inus — Spaceman and Sea Bass. (“They could be the leads in their own animated series,” he jokes.) “Have we really become those guys that spend so much money to have someone take pictures of our dogs?” he recalls. “But now I’m glad we did it because the photos are of them in their prime — and when they weren’t so fat.” And they’re always a conversation starter: “People tend to notice the dogs.”

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BAR MAN
Moran admits he’s co-opted a few of the show’s props — the “Revenge” box, for example, and the “Once Upon a Time” fairytale book. But it’s hard to ignore the bar cart in the corner with its collection of “TGIT” memorabilia. “It didn’t start out that way,” he insists. “My team knows I like bourbon, so it all started with a single bottle.”

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