Barry Jossen top creative at ABC Studios

Replaces Julia Franz, who resigned in April

Barry Jossen has been tapped as the top creative executive at ABC Studios, replacing Julia Franz, who announced her resignation in April.

Jossen, who reports to ABC Studios president Mark Pedowitz, has been running the studio's production department for six years. As executive vp creative, Jossen will oversee the day-to-day creative affairs of the development and current departments for drama and comedy, working closely in the transition with Franz, who is departing after four years in the position.

The studio's slate of productions for the 2008-09 season includes 21 scripted programs for network and cable television as well as ABC's late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"I believe that Barry will bring a different insight and do wonders for the studio," Pedowitz said. "He's a bona-fide leader, and his production team is second to none in town. He is the best person to take us forward."

Jossen's previous position will be filled from within the studio.

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, exec producers of ABC/ABC Studios' "Lost," also praised Jossen, who recently collaborated with the duo on the Emmy-nominated mobisodes "Lost: Missing Pieces."

"We view Barry as a key creative collaborator on the show," Cuse said. "He understands the issues one faces as a showrunner and has contributed in innumerable ways to making the show better."

Asked if Jossen is known for thinking outside the box, Lindelof said, "There is no box," and added that the executive "really treats us like partners."

Before joining the studio in 2002, Jossen was executive consultant for Imagine Television, developing projects and supervising productions including "Felicity" and "24."
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