Samie Kim Falvey was named executive vice president, Comedy Development and International Scripted Development, ABC Entertainment Group, in July 2013. In this position, she oversees the development and production of all comedy pilots and international scripted formats for ABC Entertainment. She reports to Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. Previously, she was senior vice president, Comedy Development, ABC Entertainment Group, since June 2006.
At ABC, Ms. Falvey and her team developed and helped launch the ABC Wednesday comedy block, including multiple Emmy Award-winning Best Comedy Series “Modern Family,” and “The Goldbergs,” starring Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin, as well as “The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton. Additionally, she developed “Last Man Standing,” which marked Tim Allen’s return to television.
This season, the comedy team is excited to introduce six bold and diverse new series to ABC. “Black-ish,” starring and produced by Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, comically tackles issues of cultural identity in a politically correct world, “Selfie” stars John Cho and Karen Gillan in a modern day retelling of “My Fair Lady,” “Cristela” is based on the life of stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, “Fresh off the Boat,” from Nahnatchka Khan and celebrity chef Eddie Huang, chronicles his childhood as the only Taiwanese family in Orlando. Additionally, the team is excited to launch “Manhattan Love Story,” starring Analeigh Tipton, and the musical fairytale comedy “Galavant,” created by Dan Fogelman with original music by Alan Menken.
Ms. Falvey’s comedy team is also responsible for developing critical darlings “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23.” During her first two seasons at ABC, they developed “Samantha Who?,” with Christina Applegate and corporate satire “Better Off Ted.”
Ms. Falvey began her career with Fox in 1999 as manager of Current Programming. In this role, she worked on comedies and dramas, including Emmy Award winners “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Arrested Development,” “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons” and “Ally McBeal.” She also covered Judd Apatow’s critical darling “Undeclared,” in addition to the hit comedies “Family Guy,” “That ‘70s Show,” “Titus” and “Grounded for Life.” On the drama side, she worked on Mike White’s “Pasadena” and David E. Kelley’s classroom drama “Boston Public.”
Ms. Falvey was promoted to vice president of Comedy Development at Fox Broadcasting Company, where she developed “Kitchen Confidential,” with Bradley Cooper, Seth MacFarlane’s animated political satire, “American Dad,” and “Til Death.” In addition, she helped develop “The Loop,” from Will Gluck and Pam Brady.
Ms. Falvey earned a BA in English from Kenyon College.