Frons Promotes 'Chew' Developer to V.P. of Programming and Development For ABC Daytime

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With ABC Daytime's mass soap eradication almost a fait accompli, there's no need for the Mouse House to be shy about promoting peeps to help turn the lineup into a bunch of recycled versions of The View. Maybe that's why Disney/ABC Televison Group's Daytime Prexy Brian Frons just hired Randall Barone as his new Veep, overseeing The View and The Chew. See the full press release below!

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Veteran television producer Randall Barone has been named vice president, Programming & Development, ABC Daytime, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this role Barone will continue to oversee the programming and development for the network's award-winning talk show "The View," as well as "The Chew."

For the past year and a half, Barone was instrumental in the creation and development of "The Chew," working closely with executive producer Gordon Elliot and his team at Follow Productions. "The Chew" is the first show to debut on ABC Daytime in 15 years and combines the best of talk, food and lifestyle programming.

Barone began his career as a producer in Philadelphia. He worked at WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as an Emmy Award-winning producer of various shows and was executive producer in charge of programming at KGO-TV (San Francisco). He was the senior supervising producer of "Good Morning America" from 1990-98, in charge of special projects, and traveled the show throughout Europe, Australia and Alaska. He worked as the senior supervising producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1998-99, and returned to ABC to work on the development of several projects for daytime television. In July 2000 he was named creative executive in charge of "The View."

Barone is a recipient of both local Emmy Awards and national Emmy Awards for his work on "Good Morning America." He resides in Manhattan.