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ABC’s Suzanne Patmore Gibbs Joins Sony Pictures Television

New executive VP of drama development, U.S. programming and production helped develop "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge"

Former ABC executive Suzanne Patmore Gibbs, who helped develop recent series “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time," and “Scandal,” as well as hits like "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost," has joined Sony Pictures Television as its new executive vice president of drama development, U.S. programming and production.

Patmore Gibbs will head the studio’s development of scripted drama programming in the U.S. and work with writers and producers on projects for broadcast and cable. She will also oversee international co-productions targeting the U.S.

“Suzanne has incredible relationships with writers and producers alike,” said co-president of programming and production Zack Van Amburg.

As executive vice president of scripted programming for ABC Entertainment Group, she led the primetime scripted creative group, overseeing drama and comedy development, current programming and made-for-TV movies and miniseries.

She previously served as head of drama development at ABC Network, beginning as senior vice president in 2004 and becoming executive vice president of drama development in 2007. 

Besides working on “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Scandal,” and “Suburgatory,” all of which debuted last season and will be back for the next one, she led the development of “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Lost,” as well as “Private Practice,” “Castle” and “Brothers and Sisters.”

Patmore Gibbs also served as senior vice president at Touchstone Television, running its drama department from 2000-2004, and as a senior executive at Mutual Film, a Paramount Studios-based production entity founded by Mark Gordon.

She was an adjunct professor of screenwriting at USC’s film school from 1999-2002 and senior vice president of development at Bedford Falls.

Patmore Gibbs graduated from Pomona College with a BA in English literature, and completed a fellowship with Seattle Repertory Theatre.


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