ABC Studios names two to head production

Gary French, Paula Warner take over for Barry Jossen

ABC Studios has named Gary French and Paula Warner as co-heads of production, promoting the duo to the post left vacant when Barry Jossen moved over last week to run creative.

Both executives retain their titles as senior vp but will now report to ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz.

French and Warner will be responsible for production and postproduction, respectively, on the studio's current slate of 25 series for the 2008-09 season, including primetime and first-run syndicated series, pilots and ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"Gary and Paula have been a huge part in creating a first-class production operation," Pedowitz said. "They've earned the right to lead us forward, and their promotions ensure the continuity of a creative culture that consistently delivers the highest quality production on television."

French joined ABC Studios production in 2005 as vp and was promoted to senior vp last year. Before that, he was vp production at Universal Network Television and New World Entertainment.

Warner, a 10-year company veteran, started at Walt Disney Television before working her way up to running postproduction at ABC Studios.
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