EXCLUSIVE: Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, EVP scripted creative for the ABC Entertainment Group, is leaving the company. The decision was made by ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, who is eliminating the position as part of his effort to be more closely connected to the creative process. It mirrors the setup on the unscripted side where the co-heads of ABC’s alternative department John Saade and Vicki Dummer report directly to Lee.
Since 2007, Patmore-Gibbs had overseen ABC’s scripted operations (development and current) as well as the network’s longform division. The ABC’s comedy and drama departments headed by Samie Kim Falvey and Channing Dungey, respectively, will now report to Lee the way the alternative group does.
The move is similar to the recent restructuring at Fox where the EVP programming position held by Matt Cherniss is being eliminated following his pending departure, with the comedy and drama department heads reporting to entertainment president Kevin Reilly.
Patmore-Gibbs has been at Disney-ABC since 2000 when she joined Touchstone TV as VP drama series. She then served as SVP drama for the studio before heading the drama development department at ABC for 3 years and getting elevated to EVP.