Barry Jossen, previously exec veep and head of operations, will segue to a production pact with the studio.
Two other creative execs were given expanded responsibilities and exec VP titles in the overhaul. Channing Dungey, previously senior veep of drama development, will add movies and miniseries to her purview. Samie Falvey, formerly senior VP of comedy development, will also take on international scripted development.
“Samie, Patrick and Channing are talented, risk-taking storytellers, as well as trusted executives, with strong relationships throughout the creative community,” Lee said. “Their innate understanding of how to nurture franchises while developing new hits will provide the foundation for our continued success. Additionally, these moves further empower our creative leadership and ensure the vibrancy of the network and studio in the future.”
It’s no secret within ABC Studios that there had been some awkwardness between Moran and Jossen in the bifurcated management structure that had Jossen overseeing production and general operations while Moran had oversight of most creative activities. Both reported to Lee.
Jossen said he had been thinking about his next move for some time and recently decided it was “best to get out of the day-to-day operational work of overseeing ABC Studios” and return to producing. He joined ABC Studios (then Touchstone TV) in 1998 after heading TV production at DreamWorks, as well as stints as a TV exec at Lucasfilm and Telepictures. He has a long list of feature credits as a producer and won an Oscar for the 1996 short film “Dear Diary.”
Moran joined ABC Studios in 2010 as head of drama development. He previously worked as a development exec at 20th Century Fox TV and UPN.