EXCLUSIVE: Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, former ABC EVP scripted programming, is returning to her studio roots with a senior development executive position at Sony Pictures TV. There is no deal in place yet, but I’ve learned that Patmore-Gibbs will take over Sony Pictures TV’s drama department where she will spearhead the studio’s broadcast and cable development. Additionally, Patmore-Gibbs will oversee the studio’s international co-productions eyed for the U.S. market. I hear that Sony TV’s current head of drama, EVP Sharon Hall, has opted not to renew her contract and is currently exploring other opportunities. Sony could not be reached for comment.
Patmore-Gibbs, who will start in May, has experience running the drama department of a major TV studio — she served as SVP drama series at ABC sibling Touchstone TV (now ABC Studios) before she moved to the network side in 2004. Patmore-Gibbs spent a little over a decade at ABC-Touchstone, starting as a VP drama at the studio and ultimately rising to EVP at the network, overseeing drama and comedy development and current programming. She left ABC last March. The gig at Sony TV will broaden the scope of Patmore-Gibbs’ drama development to cable, an area of particular strength for Sony TV with such on-air series as Breaking Bad, Justified and Damages. Patmore-Gibbs ventured into cable earlier in her career when she oversaw development at the Mark Gordon-founded Mutual Film and shepherded such cable projects as the HBO movie And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself toplined by Antonio Banderas. Patmore-Gibbs’ pre-ABC resume also includes stints at Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls and Chuck Gordon’s Daybreak Prods. Hall joined Sony TV in 2005 as an executive consultant to oversee the fall development slate and pilot production. She was upped to SVP Drama in early 2006 and to EVP drama in 2009.