TV veteran Kelly Goode has been named VP Original Programming for ABC Family, where she will be responsible for all existing scripted series including drama and comedy as the network launches a dedicated Current team amid a ramp-up in programming. She will head the unit and report to Kate Juergens, ABC Family’s EVP Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer. Goode will also focus on the relationships with production teams and facilitate the communication between different productions and all ABC Family departments. Jennifer Gerstenblatt, Director Programming; Kelly Garrett and Danielle De Jesus, Managers Programming; and Julie Katchen, Coordinator Programming; will report directly to Goode. “We are most fortunate to have Kelly join our team”, Juergens said. “Her insights, expertise and ability to foster great relationships will help guide our current slate of hit originals into their next stage of growth and continue to shepherd our successful programming strategy.” ABC Family launched five new series this summer along with four returning hit series including hits Pretty Little Liars and newcomers Twisted and The Fosters. To date it is the No. 1 cable network in primetime in the women 18-34 demo and No. 2 among female millennials. Goode arrives from GSN, where she was an in-house executive producer. She had been head of programming at the network before stepping down in September 2011. During her tenure she developed Baggage and The American Bible Challenge, two of the network’s highest-rated series. The veteran also held programming posts at John Singleton’s New Deal Prods, Lifetime and CBS.
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