Shane Farley has been named executive producer of Disney-ABC’s new daytime talker, FABLife, said Lisa Hackner, executive VP of daytime and syndicated programming, ABC Entertainment, on Tuesday.
In addition, Rebecca Mayer is joining as co-executive producer, while Karl Newton and George Davilas have come on board as senior supervising producers.
Tyra Banks will lead a panel of lifestyle experts that includes Chrissy Teigen, Joe Zee, Lauren Makk and Leah Ashley. The show, cleared in more than 90% of the country, debuts this fall.
Farley comes from an extensive background of daytime producing experience, including a six-year stint on CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray, where he was supervising producer and co-executive producer. He’s also worked on Disney-ABC’s The Wayne Brady Show and Warner Bros.’ The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Most recently, he was executive producer on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey and The Gossip Table. He’s also consulted for both CBS’ The Talk and NBC’s The Voice.
Mayer was co-executive producer for the FABLife pilot, then called The F.A.B. Life, and also has executive produced Toddlers and Tiaras, All On the Line with Joe Zee and Pivot’s Take Part Live. Newton executive produced the UK’s top morning show, Daybreak, and also served as co-executive producer on CNBC’s City Limits Live. Finally, Davilias spent four seasons on CTD’s The Doctors, which he launched, as well as stints at The Martha Stewart Show and Anderson Live.
“We have strategically assembled a diverse team with strong leadership in Shane Farley and Co-EP, Rebecca Mayer, who will join Executive Producers Tyra Banks and Mark Schulman,” said Hackner in a statement. “This is a dream team of award-winning television producers culled from the daytime world as well as cable reality, and together they are uniquely positioned to launch a modern and innovative new daytime franchise this fall."
FABLife is produced by Disney-ABC’s Summerdale Productions and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.
The smarter way to stay on top of broadcasting and cable industry. Sign up below.
Thank you for signing up to Broadcasting & Cable. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.