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Senior Vice President, Production
Gary French was named senior vice president, Production, ABC Studios, in August 2008. In this position, he is responsible for the physical production of all ABC Studios scripted programming which, with co-head Paula Warner, includes oversight of post production. He was previously vice president, Production, ABC Studios, from October 2005. French reports to Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios.
French supervises a staff of nine production executives, five post executives and close to 40 additional staff in various functions, including backlot services (transportation, wardrobe and set/construction services). Production locations include Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Atlanta, Vancouver, Spain, South Africa and the U.K.
For over 30 years the studio has established itself as a global leader in television development, production and distribution of entertainment content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. The studio is the primary content provider for ABC Entertainment, producing hit series for the network. Under the ABC Studios umbrella is also ABC Signature Studios, a dedicated division spearheading development and production in premium and basic cable as well as streaming platforms. In addition, ABC International Studios oversees global development and production.
Prior to ABC, French was vice president, Production and Administration for Universal Network Television, where he supervised physical production of drama and multicam comedy pilots and series, and movies for television. At Stephen J. Cannell Productions, he was manager, Production Services, and later promoted to executive director, Production Administration, which included the budgeting and scheduling of episodics, movies for television, theatrical features and variety style programming.
French served as production executive on the pilot of “House,” and the pilots and/or series of “The Office,” “American Dreams,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Cobra” and “The Commish,” as well as three “Murder She Wrote” telefilms, “Columbo: Likes the Nightlife,” “The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in LA” and “The Devil’s Child,” among many others. He was also producer/production manager for the independent feature “Tracks.”
French received a Bachelor of Arts in motion picture and television production at Columbia College. In his spare time, he likes to fly and holds a private pilot’s license, is an avid sailor and golfer. He is married with two children.
- Attracting and Hosting Movie and TV Production
Friday, November 9, 2018 1:30 pm Convention Center, Room 503