Head of ABC Daytime Lisa Hackner exits position
No replacement lined up for the Executive VP of daytime and syndicated programming.
Variety has reported that Lisa Hackner, the head of daytime and syndicated programming at ABC, it out. Hacker joined ABC in October of 2013. Along with Hackner her development team of five to ten people was also let go. Hackner’s departure follows the exit of ABC entertainment president Paul Lee in February. Lee was replaced by Channing Dungey. Hacker’s role at ABC included the oversight of “General Hospital,” The Chew and syndication, which included “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” She also oversaw the development of all non-scripted, short-form original programs for ABC daytime and the re-launch of the ABC App.
Hackner’s exit comes after the cancelation of Tyra Banks’ talk show “FABLife” after one season. She was largely responsible for bringing Banks back to daytime, where Hackner worked with the supermodel during her days at Telepictures. Aside from the failed “FABLife,” Hackner aided in spearheading a shake-up on “The View” that saw the exit of longtime producer Bill Geddie and the return of Rosie O’Donnell in 2014. O’Donnell quickly exited five months later.
Before joining ABC, Hackner spent 22 years at Telepictures Productions/Warner Bros. and was responsible for developing such shows as “Tyra Banks,” “TMZ,” “Bethenny” and “Anderson Live.”
There are no plans to replace Hackner, though Rebecca Campbell, the network’s president of owned stations, was given oversight in February of the aforementioned ABC daytime properties as well as Live with Kelly Ripa, who found love on soaps with her husband Mark Consuelos. It is unknown how this will affect “GH” or the rest of ABC’s current daytime line-up. Soaps.com will keep you updated on any future developments.
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– Dustin Cushman