ABC Daytime Head Lisa Hackner Out in Department Reorganization

Daytime head Lisa Hackner is out at ABCVariety has learned. Hackner served as the network’s exec VP of daytime and syndicated programming, joining in October 2013.

The department is being reorganized affecting about 5 to 10 people on the West Coast, source tells Variety, as a result of “FabLife’s” cancellation. Some staffers were offered other opportunities within the company. Hackner has elected to leave the company and stay on during a transition period, the source said.

During her time of roughly three years at ABC, Hackner did not develop or bring about any successful new programs, which sources say led to her departure. She oversaw last season’s short-lived Tyra Banks panel show “FabLife,” which was cancelled after one season, following Banks preemptively quitting her own series. “The View” also shifted from the daytime purview to ABC’s news division in 2014.

Hackner had a close relationship with Banks, having developed her successful daytime talker “The Tyra Banks Show” at Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions. The supermodel and media mogul credited the exec with persuading her to return to daytime with “FabLife.”

“She called me, and I was, like, ‘All right. Lisa, we go back,'” Banks said last year at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “She was on ‘The Tyra Show’ with Telepictures. I was, like, ‘I will take a meeting.’ And in that meeting, it was everything that I could ever dream of. And she was telling me what she sees for this show. At the time, it was unnamed. And she pulled me back in. She pulled me back in, and so I said, ‘I have to do this,’ because I’m always about things that are first, unique, or best.”

At Telepictures, Hackner had an impressive list of daytime shows she developed and piloted during her decade tenure, including “Tyra Banks,” “TMZ,” plus “Bethenny” and “Anderson Live,” though the latter two were not on the air long.

Hackner’s departure comes after the exit earlier this year of ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, to whom she reported. Lee was ushered out in February, replaced by the network’s drama chief, Channing Dungey. Hackner is the second of Lee’s top lieutenants to leave the network in recent weeks, with comedy chief Samie Falvey departing last month to lead AwesomenessTV’s new joint digital venture with Verizon.

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