ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee Shuffles Exec Ranks

John Saade has been upped to executive vp of alternative and late-night, while Vicki Dummer will oversee current series and specials.

A month after presenting his first upfront slate as president of ABC Entertainment Group, Paul Lee is shuffling his executive ranks.

John Saade has been upped to executive vp of alternative series and late-night programming, while Vicki Dummer will become senior vp of current series and specials. Both Saade and Dummer will continue to report to Lee. Saade and Dummer had been running the network's late-night, alternative and specials department in tandem since the departure of Andrea Wong in 2007.

Patrick Moran, who joined ABC last year as senior vp of drama series at ABC Studios, has been promoted to senior vp and head of creative development at the studio reporting to executive vp Barry Jossen. Amy Hartwick has been upped from vp to senior vp of comedy development replacing Kevin Plunkett. She'll report to Moran.

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All appointments are effective immediately.

"These changes bolster the creative strength of our studio with two of our strongest up-and-coming creative executives; empower our current department, which is the heart of the network; and position our successful reality department for even greater achievement in the future," said Lee in a statement.

Last March, top programming executive Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs left the network after Lee eliminated her job in an effort to streamline the network's programming division; Channing Dungey and Samie Falvey, ABC's senior vp's of drama and comedy, respectively, report directly to Lee.

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