The move was announced today by Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family, to whom Padwa will report.
ABC Family’s business affairs was previously under the perview of Adina Savin, who oversees business affairs for Disney Channel. With growth in both businesses, ABC Family decided it was time to have its own dedicated head for business affairs. Savin continues as EVP Business Affairs, overseeing the three worldwide Disney Channels.
In her new position, Padwa will oversee all Business Affairs functions, lead strategy, structure and negotiations on all development and production deals for ABC Family’s scripted and unscripted series, movies, events and acquisition projects in addition to managing the Business Affairs team.
In making the announcement, Ascheim said, “Sabrina brings to ABC Family a tremendous business mind, a wealth of experience and a contagious spirit. I can’t wait for her to start.”
Prior to joining ABC Studios, Padwa was General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs for global production company Radical Media, whose titles include Oscar winner The Fog Of War,and Iconoclasts (Sundance Channel). Padwa began her career in entertainment law at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz in New York,