She takes over the role from Francie Calfo, who was recently named chairman of Imagine Television Group.
Falvey was the longtime head of comedy for ABC, where she developed hits including “Modern Family,” “Black-ish,” and “Last Man Standing.”
“Samie is an amazing and respected executive with great taste and deep relationships,” said Calfo. “I’m thrilled to have her in this key leadership position as the company expands.”
At ABC, Falvey accomplished what no other broadcast comedy executive has managed to do in the last decade — develop a stable of half-hour comedies that drove ratings as successfully as a netwrk’s drama offerings. Building on the success of “Modern Family” — tied with “Frasier” for most Emmys in the best comedy series category and last year TV’s second highest rated comedy behind “The Big Bang Theory” — Falvey established a family-comedy brand at ABC of which diversity was a key component. “Black-ish” when it premiered was the first African-American family sitcom to appear on broadcast television in decades, while “Fresh Off the Boat” is on the second Asian-American broadcast family comedy ever.
At ABC, Falvey also led the 2016 relaunch of the network’s digital properties, including the short-form ABCd iniotiative.
Last year, Falvey left ABC for a role as head of content at a new joint venture by Verizon and Awesomeness TV focused on original short form video. But six months later, the joint venture, which had been positioned as an HBO for millennials, was folded before Falvey could assemble a development slate.
“We are thrilled to welcome Samie to Imagine,” said Imagine co-founder Brian Grazer. “Samie brings a depth of experience and leadership, not to mention exceptional taste, that will be instrumental in continuing to push the boundaries in television.”
“Samie has a keen eye in television and fits in perfectly with our culture of creativity and world building” added fellow co-founder Ron Howard. “I am confident she will be instrumental in growing our television and short-form footprint and delivering ground-breaking content to our audiences.”
Prior to joining ABC, Falvey spent eight years as an executive at Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox TV Studios, where she worked on series such as “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Arrested Development,” “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons,” and “Ally McBeal.”
“As a long-time fan of Imagine series and films I jumped at the chance to work with Ron and Brian, Francie and the team,” said Falvey. “Imagine has an unparalleled track record of making excellent content that resonates with both critics and audiences. This is an incredibly exciting time for the company as they continue to grow and expand and I’m honored to be a part of it.”