KELLY GOODE JOINS ABC FAMILY AS VICE PRESIDENT, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Burbank, CA (July 15, 2013) - Kelly Goode has been named Vice President, Original Programming for ABC Family, it was announced today by Kate Juergens, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development and Chief Creative Officer, ABC Family, to whom she will report. A top executive, Goode joins the network with vast experience in programming, formerly serving as GSN's Head of Programming and most recently working as an in-house executive producer through an overall development deal with GSN.
In her new position, Goode will be responsible for all existing scripted series, including drama and comedy. She will also focus on the important relationship with production teams and facilitate the communication between different productions and all ABC Family departments. As the number of original series on ABC Family has increased dramatically, a dedicated Current team became necessary. Goode will head the Current team, within Juergens programming department. Jennifer Gerstenblatt, Director Programming; Kelly Garrett and Danielle De Jesus, Managers Programming and Julie Katchen, Coordinator Programming, will report directly to Goode.
This summer ABC Family launched five new series, along with four returning hit series, and to date is the #1 cable TV network in Prime in Women 18-34 and #2 network in female Millennials. Critical and social media darling "Pretty Little Liars" is pacing as cable TV's #1 series across in Women 18-34, Viewers 12-34 and Females 12-34, while newcomers "Twisted" and "The Fosters" are the top 2 new cable TV series in Females 12-34.
Juergens said, "We are most fortunate to have Kelly join our team. 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."
As GSN's head of programming, Goode drove all of the network's original program development, scheduling, acquisitions and talent initiatives. She also developed "Baggage" and "The American Bible Challenge," two of the network's highest-rated original series, in addition to creating programming for high-profile talent such as Howie Mandel, Sherri Shepherd, Drew Carey and Bill Engvall.
Prior to GSN, Goode was Head of Television Programming at New Deal Productions, director John Singleton's production company, based at Warner Bros. Television, where she was in charge of all original series content. Goode had oversight of drama and comedy series, including pilot development set up at Showtime and Fox Broadcasting Company.
Previously Goode served as Senior Vice President, Programming, at Lifetime Television. During her tenure at Lifetime, the network was #1 in basic cable ratings for two broadcast seasons. Prior to Lifetime, she served as Vice President, Programming, at CBS Productions. Before working at CBS Productions, she served at CBS Entertainment as Manager and Director of Comedy Development. She began her executive career at Columbia Pictures Television, in the Current Programs Department.
Goode received her A.B. degree from Harvard University and was a participant in the Entertainment and Media Program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
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