Patrick Moran has been promoted to the position of president at ABC Studios, it was announced Wednesday; he previously served as EVP. He’ll continue to report to Disney Media Networks co-chairman Ben Sherwood.
In a statement, Sherwood commented, “ABC Studios produces hundreds of hours of the highest quality original programming distributed across networks, streaming services and around the world. Under Patrick’s leadership, ABC Studios has grown as a beacon of creativity and excellence, developing award-winning and captivating content with loyal audiences everywhere. As the demand for great content increases and viewer behavior evolves, Patrick’s savvy as a creative and business leader will help drive ABC Studios to even greater heights.”
Moran added, “I am so proud to be a part of ABC Studios and to work with a truly amazing team of dedicated and talented individuals who share my passion for television. I’m honored that Ben has given me this vote of confidence and look forward to continuing to bring together amazing stories, creative talent and high-quality production in order to build ABC Studios into the world’s preeminent supplier of premium content.”
Moran and his team have been responsible for bringing A-list talent to ABC Studios, including “American Crime” boss John Ridley and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, in addition to overseeing development deals with Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, Mandeville Television and other prominent creative talent. Under Moran’s oversight, ABC Studios has broadened its remit to produce more series for outside broadcast, cable and streaming networks, in addition to providing content for ABC.
Moran’s homegrown slate includes “How to Get Away with Murder” and “American Crime,” and ABC Studios also produces “Criminal Minds” and “Code Black” for CBS, and was behind Lifetime’s recently-cancelled “Devious Maids.” The studio also works closely with Marvel on the adapting their comic book properties, from Netflix’s stable of successful street-level heroes including “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” to Freeform’s upcoming “Cloak and Dagger” and Hulu’s “Runaways.”
The studio also produces all of ABC’s recent hits, including the likes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Quantico” and “Black-ish.”