TCA: Sweeney Will Move 'Swiftly' To Replace Lee At ABC Family


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Disney/ABC TV Group boss Anne Sweeney says she'll move "swiftly" to replace Paul Lee, who is now president of ABC Entertainment Group, at ABC Family.

While Sweeney,speaking at the TCA summer press tour, said she performs annual talent development plans among her executives that includes devising career paths for talented people within the organization, she would not say whether Lee's replacement would for certain come from within Disney-ABC's ranks.

Sweeney said she did not take the TCA press tour stage Sunday in Beverly Hills amid the massive exec shakeup at her ABC Entertainment Group because Sunday's program "is about moving ahead and making sure the attention is focused on our schedule."

"It's really primetime's show. You want to hear from him [Paul Lee] and you want to hear from the shows," she said, noting that it's not customary for her to speak at TCA. "Not speaking is nothing out of the ordinary for me."

Of course, this was not at ordinary week leading up to ABC's TCA day. Sweeney, who also serves as co-chair, Disney Media Networks, on Friday named Lee to replace Steve McPherson, who resigned on July 27. ABC issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the exec had tendered his resignation and the company accepted it. McPherson's PR reps and lawyers have issued statements in recent days addressing reports and rumors that his exit was related to internal matters at ABC. McPherson's reps issued a statement Thursday saying he retained legal reps to "to deal with these defamatory stories."

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