Keli Lee is segueing from EVP, Casting, to Managing Director, International Content and Talent, ABC Entertainment Group, effective immediately. Lee will be based in the London office and continue reporting to ABC Entertainment Group President, Paul Lee.
In her new role, Lee will work closely with Patrick Moran, EVP, ABC Studios, and his team at ABC Studios, and Samie Falvey, EVP, Comedy & International Scripted Development, and the international formats team at the ABC Television Network, to help the network and studio find emerging formats, writers, directors, actors and shows, and look after ABC’s strategic interests around the world. Ayo Davis will serve as the interim head of casting for the ABC Entertainment Group.
“Keli will play a critical role helping ABC identify new opportunities for talent and content around the world,” said Paul Lee. “She has a keen eye and a proven track record when it comes to emerging talent,” he added.
Lee has led all casting and talent deal negotiations for the ABC Television Network and ABC Studios. Series under her oversight include Modern Family, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., How to Get Away With Murder, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Lee created and produced ABC Discovers, a series of landmark initiatives, with a globally focused creative talent recruiting program. It has served as a launching pad for talent, including 2014 Oscar-nominee Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave), Chadwick Boseman (Marvel’s Black Panther), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Scandal) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids). Lee also oversees the Latino and Asian Global Outreach Initiative, which identifies and develops notable diverse talent from around the world.