ABC taps new head of drama

Former 20th Century TV exec replaces Josh Barry

ABC Studios has tapped former 20th Century TV exec Patrick Moran as the network-aligned studio’s new head of drama.

Moran replaces Josh Barry, whose future role at ABC Studios is still being hammered out. Moran departed 20th Century Fox TV earlier this spring, after the studio named Michael Thorne to the job. Moran had most recently served as senior VP of drama at 20th Century Fox TV, developing series such as “Glee,” “Bones” and “Prison Break.”

Moran will report to ABC Studios exec VP Barry Jossen.

As for Barry, exec has been with the Alphabet in various capacities since 2000. He had headed up ABC Studios’ drama department since June 2009, having moved back to the studio side from the network as part of ABC’s executive realignment.

Deadline first broke news of Moran’s hire.

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