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Freeform is making an executive change.
Lauren Corrao is out as head of originals at the Disney-owned cable network after a year and a half run. The Tornante TV and Comedy Central grad, however, will continue her relationship with the younger-skewing cable network and develop and produce potential new series. The move returns Corrao to a producing role she departed to take the job at Freeform.
The change comes as Freeform underwent a leadership change in the spring when network president Tom Ascheim departed for a top post at WarnerMedia. Former producer and Netflix exec Tara Duncan was installed in May to replace Ascheim, to whom Correo reported.
For her part, Corrao joined Freeform in April 2019 and filled the void created when head of originals Karey Burke was plucked from the cabler to replace Channing Dungey as ABC Entertainment president.
An immediate replacement for Corrao has not yet been determined and the position remains open. It’s unclear if the job will be filled as many media conglomerates continue to consolidate executive duties and as basic cable networks — including Freeform — continue to reduce their volume of scripted originals. (It is worth noting that former ABC head of comedy Jamila Hunter remains at Freeform as head of current, who would be a natural successor should the role be expanded to include originals. Hunter joined in July 2019 and previously reported to Corrao.)
In her brief stint, Corrao greenlit projects including miniseries Love in the Time of Corona and Kal Penn’s upcoming election series and helped to develop Ya Bint. Freeform’s roster of originals also includes The Bold Type (which is expected to return for a fifth season), Grown-ish, Good Trouble, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Motherland: Fort Salem and rookie Cruel Summer. This year, Freeform has axed Siren and Party of Five.
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