ABC taps Patmore-Gibbs exec vp


Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs has been promoted to executive vp drama development at ABC Entertainment.

Patmore-Gibbs, who was senior vp drama, will continue to run ABC's primetime drama development department, reporting to ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson.

"Suzanne's passion and creative skills have led to the creation of an awesome slate of dramas," McPherson said. "She is a one-of-a-kind talent, and I'm so fortunate to have her on our team."

Although she is being upped to an executive vp level, Patmore-Gibbs won't be taking on the executive vp development and current programming position that has been vacant since the departure of Francie Calfo. With the promotion, Patmore-Gibbs joins an elite group of development department heads carrying executive vp stripes that includes 20th Century Fox TV's drama maven Jennifer Nicholson-Salke and CBS' comedy queen Wendi Trilling.

Since being named senior vp drama development in June 2004, Patmore-Gibbs developed ABC's hot freshman entries "Brothers & Sisters" and Golden Globe winner "Ugly Betty" as well as the network's upcoming drama series "Pushing Daisies," the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff "Private Practice," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Women's Murder Club."

Before that, she was senior vp drama series at Touchstone TV, where she shepherded the development of ABC's hits "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost." Patmore-Gibbs joined Touchstone TV in 2000 and was promoted to senior vp in 2002.

Patmore-Gibbs came to Touchstone TV from Mutual Film Co., where she supervised the development of such feature and cable films as Miramax's "The Hoax" and HBO's "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself."

She also did stints at Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz's Bedford Falls, Chuck Gordon's Daybreak Prods. and Sean Daniel's Alphaville Prods.