Former ABC Studios head Barry Jossen has been tapped for another top studio executive job. The veteran executive/producer has been named EVP for recently formed A+E Studios, the in-house production arm of A+E Networks. He will be based in the company’s Los Angeles offices, reporting to A+E Networks’ Bob DeBitetto, President of Brand Strategy, Business Development and A+E Studios.
In his role, Jossen will oversee the building of A+E Studios’ scripted programming operations, managing all areas, including development and and production, under DeBitetto’s supervision. “Barry’s unparalleled reputation, expertise and track record will be instrumental to the rapid growth of A+E Studios and to the achievement of its business and creative mission,” said DeBitetto. DeBitetto and A+E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc reached out to Jossen shortly after his abrupt exit from ABC Studios last summer. The three had an existing relationship — under Jossen, ABC Studios took over production for drama pilot Occult at A&E, then run by DeBitetto. Jossen also oversaw ABC Studios’ long-running drama series for Lifetime Army Wives and spearheaded the sale of Devious Maids to the female-centered cable network overseen by Dubuc. Jossen continued conversations with Dubuc and DeBitetto over the past six months, while working as a ABC Studios-based producer, resulting in his appointment to run A+E Studios. At ABC Studios, producer of such series as Grey’s Anatomy and … Read More »
Former ABC Studios EVP Barry Jossen, now an ABC Studios-based producer, has sold a second project, ABC drama Sins. Written by Philip Levens, it is a dark, twisted, sexy soap about a modern day black widow who seduces a wealthy man while struggling to stay one step ahead of his District Attorney sister and the ghosts of her past. Sins joins Jossen’s legal drama with Barry Schindel at CBS.
ABC is taking on another Latin American format with Los Roldán, an hourlong dramedy based on the 2004 Argentine telenovela/comedy series. It hails from another former ABC Studios executive, SVP drama Michael McDonald, who stepped down in July to become an ABC Studios-based producer. The Los Roldán adaptation, written by Sarah Hooper (UK’s Shameless), will be set in Miami and feature a predominantly Latin cast. It is expected to stay true to the Upstairs/Downstairs-themed original, in which the patriarch of the family, an average blue collar worker, talks a woman out of jumping off a ledge. For saving her life, she offers him a big job in her company that changes his fortune but also puts him in the path of suspicious co-workers who try to figure out who he is and why has he been given such a big job. McDonald and WME-repped Hooper are executive producing with Telefe, the Argentine network that originated Los Roldán, Raul Mateu through Fluent Media and Sebastian Ortega. CAA brokered … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Blackwood, a drama project from writer-executive producer Barry Schindel and executive producer Barry Jossen. This marks the first sale for former ABC Studios EVP Jossen who segued into a producing deal with the studio following his July exit from the top executive post. Jossen was late to this development cycle, having started his deal after Labor Day with the launch of his production company, JuneBug Entertainment. Still, he has set up Blackwood, with a couple of other sales likely. Co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, Blackwood centers on a ruthlessly successful lawyer who, after he is critically wounded in a shooting that kills his wife, returns to his job to find redemption in a humbling rehabilitation and relentless search for their assailant. Law & Order alum Schindel serves as executive producer/showrunner on ABC Studios’ midseason CBS drama series Intelligence. He recently consulted on CBS’ Unforgettable. The former trial lawyer, repped by CAA, also worked on CBS’ Numbers and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and on ABC’s Castle.
Barry Jossen, exec vp at ABC Studios, the guy who ran day-to-day operations at ABCS, is “returning to his career as an award-winning producer with a production deal with ABC Studios,” ABC said today. That wasn’t ABC’s headline: The headline was that ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee is promoting Channing Dungey, Samie Falvey and Patrick Moran, each to EVP. Moran, who had been SVP Drama Development, now will run ABC Studios, with all creative and production operations will report to him. He’s taking Jossen’s place. Jossen had this to say: “During the course of the past year, I have given a lot of thought about what I want to do next due to television’s changing landscape. For me, it seemed best to get out of the day-to-day operational work of overseeing ABC Studios. I plan to return to producing and am considering a number of other opportunities that have come my way. I love my colleagues at ABC Studios and have been quietly preparing them for success as they transition into their new positions.” Dungey, who was SVP Drama Development, adds movies and miniseries to her purview. Falvey, formerly SVP Comedy Development, adds international scripted development to her comedy responsibilities. Read ABC’s statement after the jump:
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