Thom Sherman, ABC's senior vice president of drama programming, has resigned his post to become president of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Television.
Abrams, executive producer of ABC’s spy thriller Alias, also has renewed his multiyear deal with Touchstone Television.
"Thom knows how to do everything I don’t, which his almost everything," Abrams said in a statement. "On top of which, he’s a thoughtful, funny guy."
Abrams has several pilot commitments for next season, including Lost for this fall and The Catch for midseason, both on ABC.
Bryan Burk, an associate producer on Alias who has worked with Abrams for years, will become executive VP of Bad Robot.
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.
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