It’s been long in the works. But now the executive shuffling and pinkslipping may be finally coming down this week – as soon as Thursday? — as Steve McPherson consolidates his power as head of ABC Entertainment Group overseeing both ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Here’s what sources are telling me: Channing Dungey is leaving ABC Studios as SVP of drama development, to head drama at ABC Entertainment. She’ll replace Suzanne Patmore-Gibbs, who currently is EVP of drama development at ABC Entertainment and is being elevated to No 2 under Steve McPherson to oversee comedy and drama. Josh Barry, who’s VP of drama at the network under Patmore, will move to ABC Studios to run drama. Kevin Plunkett, who runs comedy at the studio, probably goes to the network to run comedy and replaces Samie Falvey, SVP of comedy development for ABC Entertainment. And Barry Jossen, who was elevated to No. 2 under Mark Pedowitz at ABC Studios (replacing Julia Franz) as EVP of creative, now becomes the head of ABC Studios. I’m also told to expect layoffs in business affairs, legal, casting, publicity, etc. Of course, given Steve McPherson’s unpredictable personality (some would call it bat-shit crazy), he may do all of this or none of this in the time frame I’ve been given. Have you seen the profanity-laced emails he sends out threatening people, followed by his emails asking the same people for a favor minutes later?
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