Patrick Moran Promoted to ABC Studios President

Ben Sherwood understudy was responsible for production on “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds,” “black-ish” and others

Last Updated: September 7, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

Disney has promoted Patrick Moran to ABC Studios president.

Moran, who joined the company in 2010, recently served as executive vice president at the studio, where he had been responsible for the production of “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds,” “black-ish,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Quantico,” “American Crime” and “Once Upon a Time,” among others.

“ABC Studios produces hundreds of hours of the highest quality original programming distributed across networks, streaming services and around the world,” boss Ben Sherwood said on Wednesday. “Under Patrick’s leadership, ABC Studios has grown as a beacon of creativity and excellence, developing award-winning and captivating content with loyal audiences everywhere. As the demand for great content increases and viewer behavior evolves, Patrick’s savvy as a creative and business leader will help drive ABC Studios to even greater heights.”

“I am so proud to be a part of ABC Studios and to work with a truly amazing team of dedicated and talented individuals who share my passion for television,” Moran added. “I’m honored that Ben has given me this vote of confidence and look forward to continuing to bring together amazing stories, creative talent and high-quality production in order to build ABC Studios into the world’s preeminent supplier of premium content.”

In the current 2016-2017 television season, ABC Studios has 28 series on the air and in production on broadcast, cable and streaming services.

Moran joined ABC Studios as senior vice president of drama development, where he was quickly promoted to senior vice president & head of creative development for ABC Studios, overseeing all comedy and drama development.

In 2013, Moran launched ABC Signature, the Studio boutique division focused on cable and streaming outlets. Signature recently produced “Dead of Summer” for Freeform and is working on the recently announced pilot “SMILF” for Showtime. The Studio also has projects set up at Amazon, FX, HBO, Hulu, History, TNT and TV Land.

Prior to working at ABC Studios, Moran was senior vice president of Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television, where he developed “Glee,” “Bones” and “Prison Break.” He also served as vice president of drama development at UPN, president of Renaissance Pictures and vice president of production and development at New Line Television.


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