Brian Morewitz Upped to Oversee ABC Drama Development

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In his new role, he'll serve as senior vp for ABC Entertainment. He previously served as Channing Dungey's vp drama.

ABC has promoted from within to fill the drama development void created by Channing Dungey's appointment as ABC Entertainment president.

Former vp drama Brian Morewitz has been promoted to senior vp drama development, reporting directly to Dungey, the network announced Tuesday.

In his new position, Morewitz will oversee development and production of all drama  pilots and the launch of new drama series for ABC Entertainment. The news is a long time in the making as Morewitz had been vp drama since November 2004.

During his tenure at ABC, Morewitz developed and oversaw series including Quantico, American Crime, Castle, Agents of SHIELD, Revenge, Nashville and Brothers & Sisters.

Before that, Morewitz was senior vp at Escape Artists, where he developed feature films including Nicholas Cage's Knowing and S.W.A.T. The former film exec also held development positions at Black and Blu Entertainment and Lucas Foster Productions, and started his career as a story editor for New Line Cinema.

Morewitz takes over the position previously occupied by Dungey, who was tapped to oversee the network after Paul Lee was forced out a month ago. Morewitz will report directly to Dungey.

The news comes as ABC, under Ben Sherwood, is said to be focused on more procedural fare rather than its typical soapy dramas in an effort to find a greater value from syndication and international sales.

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