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ABC Studios has found its replacement for Nne Ebong, who exited the studio in August.
Patrick Maguire, who was formerly vice president of drama development for the studio, has been named senior vice president of drama development. In the role, he’ll report to ABC Studios’ president, Patrick Moran.
“Patrick is an exceptional executive with sharp creative skills and a unique perspective given his broad range of experience at the company,” said Moran. “In his 16 years at Disney, he has become known for developing great relationships with our talent and has been instrumental in overseeing and developing some of our most important series.”
In the drama development department, his responsibilities previously included oversight of a slate of ABC Studios writers and producers including Michael Seitzman, Regina King, Allan Heinberg and Erica Messer. In recent years, he oversaw three pilots that were picked up to series including For The People, Station 19 and The Rookie.
Previously, Maguire was vice president of current series, where he oversaw the day-to-day creative direction of drama series including American Crime, Criminal Minds, Designated Survivor, Castle and Code Black, as well as comedies Cougar Town and Scrubs.
Prior to joining current programming in 2010, Maguire held executive positions in comedy development at ABC Studios beginning in 2004. During his time there, he oversaw development for dozens of half-hour comedy pilots and series. In 2002, he began his tenure at the Walt Disney Company in comedy development at ABC Network.
The news comes as the post merger structure at the new Disney-Fox is about to be announced. The studio is expected to stay as is, at least for now, with the larger plan being for the studios — both ABC and 20th Century Fox — to be run separately at first. Meanwhile, Ebong is said to be likely to join her former boss and former ABC chief Paul Lee at his new independent venture, Wiip.
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