ABC announced today that former ABC Family President Paul Lee will become the new President of the ABC Entertainment Group, effective immediately. Lee will oversee the network’s primetime lineup and its sister company, ABC Studios. “Paul was hired six years ago because of his great creative instincts and his ability to identify an audience and develop programming that resonates with them, and those same strengths are why he was tapped for this new responsibility,” according to a statement from Disney co-chair Anne Sweeney. “Paul’s success at ABC Family is as amazing as it is indisputable, and I’m looking forward to his continued success on ABC.”
Lee joined ABC Family in 2004 and helped to turn the network around as an attractive destination for young women, thanks to programs like Kyle XY, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Pretty Little Liars, Greek, Make It or Break It and Huge. ABC Family is in top five of all cable networks in primetime among women 18-49, women 18-34, and females 12-34.
Lee replaces Steve McPherson, who announced his decision to resign from the company earlier this week.