9:50am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Robert Mills to Oversee Reality for ABC
ABC has found a replacement for former reality chief Lisa Berger.
Robert Mills, who was previously a vp and filling in for Berger — who exited in November — has been promoted to senior vp alternative series, specials and late-night programming for ABC Entertainment. The promotion, which includes overseeing development, current production and specials for the network's alternative series, begins immediately.
"Rob is a passionate and creative executive with strong leadership skills. His instincts and unparalleled knowledge of pop culture are certain to help invigorate our fantastic reality team," ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said in a statement announcing the news Friday.
During his tenure at ABC, Mills has overseen production on the network's Friday hit Shark Tank, which has already received a straight-to-series order for a spinoff; as well as Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor franchise, Jimmy Kimmel Live and, most recently, Ellen DeGeneres-produces entry Repeat After Me and Mark Burnett's upcoming 500 Questions.
Mills' new role also includes oversight of special events including the American Music Awards, CMA Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, The Billboard Awards and the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.
Mills, who joined ABC's alternative department in 2003, started his career as an assistant in CAA's alternative department.
Berger had a short stint at ABC. The former E! chief exited after 13 months — which included the high-profile summer singing flop Rising Star.
After scripted hits How to Get Away With Murder, Black-ish as well as Fresh Off the Boat and more, reality has been a key problem for ABC, save for aging Dancing and Shark Tank.