Style President Salaam Coleman-Smith Joining ABC Family

NBCUniversal veteran named executive vice president of strategy and programming

Salaam Coleman-Smith, Style, ABC Family

Style Network veteran Salaam Coleman-Smith is joining ABC Family as executive vice president of strategy and programming.

Coleman-Smith found herself out of a job when NBCUniversal replaced Style with the Esquire Network. Tom Ascheim, president of ABC family, announced her new job at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Tuesday.

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“She’ll be a key part of our future,” Ascheim said. “She’s a great executive and an even better person.”

Ascheim worked previously with Coleman-Smith at MTV Networks. She led Style for six years, helping develop such shows as “Giuliana & Bill” and “Jerseylicious.”

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Ascheim said the network is also a replacement for executive vice president of original programming and development and chief creative officer Kate Juergens, who announced her exit from the network last week.