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Brian Frons OUT; position eliminated in restructuring
Topic Started: Dec 2 2011, 02:53 PM (1,639 Views)
Matt
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http://www.deadline.com/2011/12/abc-daytime-president-brian-frons-exits-network-consolidates-daytime-syndie-development-in-new-division/

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ABC Daytime president Brian Frons, who has been a prime target of soap fans angry over the cancellation of the network’s veteran daytime dramas All My Children and One Life To Live, will depart ABC after the end of his contract in January, which coincides with the end of OLTL. The Disney/ABC Television Group is now consolidating the development and current programming for daytime and syndication with the formation of Times Square Studios, a new division that will be added to the portfolio of ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee. It will be run by Vicki Dummer, SVP, Current Series & Specials, ABC Entertainment Group, who will be promoted to EVP, Times Square Studios, Current Series & Specials. She will also keep her existing responsibilities of head of current and will continue to report to Lee. (Frons used to report to Disney-ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney) With her background of a long-time ABC’s reality executive and co-head of the unscripted department, Dummer is a suitable choice to lead Times Square Studios as the division will focus its development in the areas of non-scripted lifestyle and health. (no more soaps!). The current series that will be folded in the new division going forward include ABC Daytime fare The View, General Hospital, The Chew and the upcoming The Revolution, as well as the syndicated Katie and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Fellow syndicated series LIVE! with Kelly remains part of the ABC Owned TV Stations Group division. Ann Lewis Roberts, who has overseen development of syndicated programming for Disney’s Buena Vista TV, will serve as SVP, West Coast Current Programming & Development, Times Square Studios, while Abra Potkin has been hired as SVP, East Coast Programming & Development. Both will report to Ms. Dummer.

Frons will assist in the transition to the new structure and will provide counsel to the management team. “Brian Frons has been the driving force in our successful Daytime division since joining us in 2002, and while we understand his decision to leave at the end of his contract, we’re sad to see him go,” Sweeney said. “We took this opportunity to rethink our business, and the result was the creation of Times Square Studios. Having it be part of the ABC Entertainment Group, under the supervision of proven executives Vicki Dummer and Paul Lee, provides us the opportunity to bring greater creative resources, development strength and operational flexibility to this key area of our business.”

Frons has been at ABC Daytime for 9 years, for the past five-and-a-half years serving as president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, overseeing the creation and production of all programming on ABC Daytime, SOAPnet and ABC Media Prods. “While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms,” he said. I’m proud of the performance of ABC Daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way. I’m especially pleased by the early results for ‘The Chew’ and excited for the launch of ‘The Revolution,’ which will be one more positive step in transforming ABC Daytime for our viewers. I’ll miss my colleagues and the wonderful talent that makes our shows, but know they are in very capable hands with Vicki going forward.” Cooking talk show The Chew, which replaced All My Children, has been doing well in the ratings, posting a series of all-time highs in the past few weeks.
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Crazygirl
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Thanks for nothing asshole. Don't like the door hit you on the way out :wave:
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Mason
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Nearly a decade too late.
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Matt
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This doesn't really bode well for GH since Vicki Dummer experience is SOLELY in the reality development/production and that's what she's in charge of developing since ABC "will focus its development in the areas of non-scripted lifestyle and health."
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ivy


Frons may be out, but read the small print in the article. He is still the advisor.

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Mitchapalooza
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What a fucking douche this guy is...he comes in and 9 years later he exits with 3/4 of ABC's soap lineup (PC/AMC/OLTL) cancelled...

Thanks for nothing you fucking vampire!
Edited by Mitchapalooza, Dec 2 2011, 03:11 PM.
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“Brian Frons has been the driving force in our successful Daytime division since joining us in 2002, and while we understand his decision to leave at the end of his contract, we’re sad to see him go,” Sweeney said.


:huh1:

Anyway, it won't bring AMC or OLTL back, but I'll take it.
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It's about damn time Frons is leaving. The new head not having any experience with scripted dramas may be a good thing for GH. Hopefully that means that RC and FV will be allowed to create without being micromanaged.
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Wow! The man just didn't know what he was doing, or he was listening to the wrong people. Something.

I don't think this is anything good for ABC and soaps though. I think it's still too late to save GH.
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Even if GH does get cancelled soon (and I expect it soon) I feel a little bit better knowing this guy is out also finally!
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I am so glad this arrogant SOB will be out of a job. Unfortunately, this is probably the final nail in the coffin for GH. It's too late to save ABC's last remaining soap.
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King
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This does absolutely no good now.
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Shame this didn't happen sooner.
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LuvingLumi
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GOOD! But I got a feeling that GH is still a goner.
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six
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Yea, this is nice and all, but too little, too late.
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happy
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Great news. But too late. Sounds like more unscripted crap for the future. Yuck. :shame:
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Bremol
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This seems like more of ABC's trying to get the fans to stop being so angry.
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Tammy
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Too little too late!
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Eric83
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"Relax nobody's having sex.... at least not yet"

R.I.P. GH.
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Couldn't have happened to a better turd bucket.
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