ABC Studios Promotes Patrick Moran to President

The exec joined Disney in 2010.
Hussein Katz
Patrick Moran

ABC Studios has promoted Patrick Moran to president, Disney Media Networks co-chairman Ben Sherwood announced Wednesday. 

“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 said in a statement. "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.”

Most recently serving as executive vp of ABC Studios, Moran has been involved in such ABC series as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder — both from prolific producer Shonda Rhimes — Quantico, Once Upon a Time, Black-ish and anthology series American Crime, the latter two of which received several Emmy nominations in July including black-ish's first nomination for best comedy series. Moran will continue to report to Sherwood.

"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," said Sherwood. "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."

The news comes less than two weeks ahead of the fall TV season. ABC Studios has several high-profile fall offerings, most notably the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor, which is a co-production with eOne.

Moran's promotion also comes a little more than six months after then-ABC network head Paul Lee exited his post and was replaced by ABC Studios vet Channing Dungey. This last upfront saw a sharp decline for ABC Studios, which sold eight series, down from 13 in 2015. More notably, the studio had no off-network sales as networks look to increasingly own their content. (However, the studio remains a co-producer on Nashville, which was canceled by ABC in May and then picked up by CMT and Hulu in June.)

ABC Studios has several returning off-network series, including the long-running CBS procedural Criminal Minds and its offshoot Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The studio also works closely with Marvel on both ABC's Agents of SHIELD, as well as off-network offerings for Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the forthcoming Luke Cage, among others) and for Hulu, which recently ordered a TV adaptation of Marvel's Runaways comic series to pilot.

The studio has seen a rise in co-productions, teaming with Warner Bros. TV on time-travel drama Time After Time, with Sony Pictures TV on fall drama Notorious and with 20th Century Fox on half-hour comedy Speechless.

Moran has been at the studio since 2010, when he originally came on board as head of drama before being promoted by Lee in 2013. That same year, Moran launched ABC Signature, the studio's boutique division centered on cable and streaming. ABC Signature most recently produced Dead of Summer for ABC cable network Freeform, and the HBO TV movie Confirmation, which earned two Emmy nominations.

Before joining ABC in 2010, Moran previously served as senior vp drama at 20th Century Fox TV, where he oversaw the development of Glee as well as series including Bones and Prison Break. He also served as vp of drama development at UPN, president of Renaissance Pictures and vp production and development at New Line Television. 

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