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Paul Lee is a British television executive who was president of ABC Entertainment Group from 2010 to 2016, heading the major US television network ABC and its production arm ABC Studios.[1][2][3]


Lee, aged 58–59,[4] was born in London to a Jewish family[5] and grew up in Oxfordshire. He graduated from Oxford University, where he studied Russian and Portuguese.[6]

Lee joined the BBC in 1984, initially as a trainee, and in 1998 he moved to America to launch the US cable channel BBC America. In 2004, he joined ABC as head of the US cable network ABC Family.[7] Later, in 2016, he was replaced as President of ABC Entertainment by Channing Dungey.


  1. ^ Hibberd, James. "It's official: Paul Lee is ABC's new president". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ Meg James and Dawn C. Chmielewski. "ABC Family executive Paul Lee elevated to president of ABC Entertainment". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; de Moraes, Lisa (17 February 2016). "ABC Shakeup: Paul Lee Exits As President, Channing Dungey Named To Succeed Him". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  4. ^ Campbell, Lisa (23 November 2014). "ABC's Paul Lee: 'People look to the UK for ideas and talent'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  5. ^ Guthrie, Marissa; Michael, O'Connell (July 15, 2014). "ABC Chief Praises Diversity and 'Goldbergs,' Talks Missing 'Modern Family' Companion". Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Weprin, Alex. "Paul Lee: Next-Gen Adventures in Audience-Building". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ "BBC courts, but Paul Lee sticks with ABC". Variety. Retrieved 12 June 2013.