Published On: Sun, Feb 9th, 2014

Barry Jossen Signs Up With A+E Studios

Jossen, former head of ABC Studios  has joined  the recently formed A+E in the role of Executive Vice President.

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Barry Jossen, among the film and television industry’s most experienced producers had originally been appointed executive vice president for the newly formed A+E Studios.

Jossen, who until the summer of last year was head of ABC Studios will be helping to establish A+E as an in-house production division for the long-established A+E Networks.

A+E  (Arts & Entertainment ) Networks is an U.S.-based media company who own and operate a number of television channels, that in general are transmitted through available either cable or satellite principally to a US audience but also abroad. A&E if well established close to 30 hours ago as  a joint venture between Hearst Corporation and Disney-ABC Television Group.

Barry Jossen will  be working out of  A+E’s Los Angeles offices with his immediate superior being  Bob DeBitetto who is currently President of Brand Strategy and, Business Development at the company.

Jossen has apparently been brought in to oversee the forming and expansion of A+E Studios’ scripted programming operations, with the job involving being in charge of all aspects of the divisions operations, taking in program development and production.

Announcing Jossen’s appointment,  Bob DeBitetto stated that they were happy to have him on board the company with Barry’s unparalleled reputation, expertise and track record will almost certainly guarantee to the rapid growth of A+E Studios and to the achievement of its business and creative mission.

Barry  first got to know Nancy Dubuc, CEO of   A+E Networks when ABC Studios took over production for drama pilot Occult on behalf of of A&E Studios, when it was still being run by Bob DeBitetto.

Jossen also oversaw the production of ABC Studios’ long-running drama series” Army Wives” as well as being involved in negotiations for the sale of the  “Devious Maids” production to A+E Networks. The deal was  overseen by Dubuc, with saw  a strong relationship being formed which eventually led to him being approached by the studio to join them  after parting company with ABC.


Barry Jossen for sprang to prominence in ther entertainment industry  when he served as head of production at DreamWorks Television as well as a  producer at Lucasfilm, where he was responsible for the production of  Dear Diary which won an Oscar in 1996 for the best live action short film.

Jossen spent a number of years as an executive consultant for Imagine Television, during which time supervised the production of such successful TV series as 24 and Felicity, later going on to serve as  executive producer for Grapevine and co-executive producer on Sex And The City

Barry  Jossen joined ABC, Inc as  Executive Vice President of  their creative division in August 2008 we are responsible for all seeing the writers and producers who develop shows for the TV studio. Among the successful TV shows developed during his tenure at the ABC were”Samantha Who,  Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy as well as “Army Wives” , one of the studio’s most successful TV series ever

Jossen is well-known and respected industry as  a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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