Karey Burke Joins ABC Family as Head of Programming

ABC Family has turned to a network TV vet to fill the vacancy at the top of its programming and development department.

Karey Burke, the longtime NBC exec who has more recently worked as a producer, has been tapped exec vp of programming and development for the Mouse House cabler. She’ll oversee all development activity including casting, and she will be responsible for developing multi platform distribution strategies. She reports to ABC Family prexy Tom Ascheim.

“Karey is a proven hit maker, has worked across all genres of television and successfully held different roles as a buyer, seller and producer,” Ascheim said. “She is a dynamic leader with a vision for our programming that will result in more stand-out, must-commit, must-share content. In collaboration with the programming team she will continue to grow the slate of successful series and build an environment for creativity to flourish.”

Burke moves into the role vacated earlier this year by Kate Juergens, who left in June after a 10-year run with the cabler.

Burke has spent the past four years in a production partnership dubbed Dark Toy Entertainment with director Todd Holland. The pair produced two NBC comedies, “Free Agents” and “Go On.”

Before shifting to producing, Burke spent 15 years with NBC, climbing the ranks to exec VP overseeing all series development. During her long run with the Peacock, Burke helped shepherd such hits as “Friends,” “Will & Grace,” “The West Wing” and “ER.”

“I admire what ABC Family has accomplished and am honored to be a part of growing its future. I have a house full of ABC Family viewers and am keenly aware of what the network does right,” Burke said. “I’m inspired to be a part of growing the next wave of appointment viewing.”

After leaving NBC in 2003, Burke struck a production partnership with Jamie Tarses, and she later teamed with Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Entertainment.

At ABC Family, Burke inherits an expanding slate of current programming aimed at millennial auds. The cabler recently gave a series order to its first procedural drama, “Stitchers.”

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