Stephen McPherson, Ex-President of ABC Entertainment.

Stephen McPherson was the president of the ABC Entertainment division from April 2004 until July 28th, 2010 when he abruptly resigned[1]. He's been credited by ABC as being "...the driving force behind the network's primetime comeback," [1] having shepherded such critical successes to the airwaves as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Dancing with the Stars, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

The combined success of Lost and Desperate Housewives during his first season, both of which he'd previously helped develop for Touchstone Entertainment, netted ABC the largest season-to-season increase in viewership among the key young adult demographic of any major network in the last 25 years.


  • Is a graduate of Cornell University

External links

  • ABCMedianet's bio
  • ABCMedianet press release.
  • MSN News - McPherson unexpectedly announced a cast change a day before Comic Con 2007 at an ABC television critics' executive session.
  • Zap2it - May 18, 2004 - article on McPherson's first month on the job in his ABC post
  • Zap2it - May 15, 2007 - article on McPherson's ideas about Lost's time slot for Season 4 in 2008
  • Variety - January 15, 2009 - "ABC hit gold when TV trio launched" - describes ABC's turnaround with McPherson's rise