Disney-ABC TV's Mark Pedowitz departing

Veteran exec expected to set up shop at Warner Bros. TV

Veteran Disney-ABC TV executive Mark Pedowitz is leaving the company after 19 years.

He is finalizing a deal to set up shop at Warner Bros. TV with a first-look deal for his company Pine Street Entertainment.

"As one chapter closes, another one opens," Pedowitz wrote in an email to his colleagues at Disney on Wednesday afternoon announcing his departure.

Pedowitz's exit from Disney is hardly a surprise. For the past year, he has had a behind-the-scenes role as senior adviser to Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney-Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group.

He spent five years as head of ABC Studios, growing the studio's slate and expanding its portfolio into cable and first-run syndication. He stepped down in January 2009 as part of the consolidation of ABC Studios and ABC Entertainment under ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson.

Pedowitz joined ABC in 1991 as senior vp business affairs and was promoted to head of the department in 1996. As a business affairs executive, he is credited with drawing up the template for some of the key deals between networks and studios employed today.