ABC Family is making executive changes. Kelly Goode, who had been running the network’s current department as VP Current Programming, has left. She will be succeeded by one of her executives, Jennifer Gerstenblatt, who has been upped from Executive Director to VP Current Programming. She will oversee ABCF’s current programming team and cover current and digital series.
Meanwhile, Brooke Bowman has stepped down from her post as SVP Original Programming but will continue to consult for the network. She was involved in the development of The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, the Peabody Award-winning Switched At Birth, hit comedy Baby Daddy and the network’s newest drama, Shadowhunters.
Gerstenblatt rose through the ranks at the network, starting as a programming assistant when she joined ABC Family in 2006. As Executive Director of Programming, she was the primary current executive on such series as Pretty Little Liars, Switched At Birth and the well-received Chasing Life. Gerstenblatt also oversees Baby Daddy and the upcoming Kevin From Work.
ABC Family, which last fall brought in Karey Burke as EVP Programming, recently announced plans to double its original programming. The network is pacing as cable TV’s No. 1 network in prime for the second year in a row among women 18-34.