Former ABC Exec Passes Away from Cancer at 56

( – A former programming executive, Stephanie Leifer, with a remarkable 28-year tenure at ABC Signature and ABC, died June 27th after battling cancer. She was 56 years old. Leifer left the company in 2022 but left a significant mark on the television industry.

Leifer’s final role was head of current programming at ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios. She held the same position at ABC Studios from 2010 until her death. Leifer started at ABC in 1994 and climbed the ranks from an assistant in the Movie of the Week department to executive roles in current programming, drama development, and comedy development.

Leifer’s career at ABC saw her involved in some of the network’s most successful and critically acclaimed shows, including “Ugly Betty” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her influence on these productions was immense, helping shape the shows that became cultural staples.

A spokesman for Disney Entertainment TV said their hearts are broken by the devastating news. She fostered relationships within the company and across the industry. Her husband, Jonathan, was also a colleague. They had two children, Amelia and Noah.

Leifer began her career at WGBH-TV in Boston as a production associate and later worked as a literary assistant at Writers and Artists Agency. Her dedication and talent quickly propelled her into the executive ranks at ABC.

In 2006, she moved to ABC Studios (now ABC Signature). Leifer was known for her keen eye for talent and her ability to nurture successful programming.

A private funeral will be held, followed by a celebration of life soon. Donations in Leifer’s honor can be made to CASA of Los Angeles, where she was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children. This cause was close to her heart, reflecting her commitment to making a difference beyond the television industry.

Leifer’s impact on television was profound, and her death is felt deeply by colleagues and friends. She leaves behind a legacy of excellence and a reminder of the significant contributions one person can make in their field.

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