ABC hires former E! president as its reality exec
Less than a week after firing John Saade as its executive in charge of reality TV, ABC announced tonight that Lisa Berger, E!’s former president, will be its new Executive Vice President at ABC for Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night. She “will oversee all development activities and current primetime programming in the alternative, specials and late-night areas,” according to a press release.
As ABC’s announcement points out, “Berger developed and managed hit series” at E!, and those include Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kendra, Dr. 90210, The Girls Next Door, Chelsea Lately, and The Soup.
Hit series, but not exactly high-quality series. Earlier, though, at MTV, she developed Road Rules, and at Fox Television Studios Production, helped bring The Shield to FX. So she clearly has a wide-ranging resume and it’ll be interesting to see what she brings to ABC.