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Former ABC Exec Stephanie Leifer, Whose Oversight Included ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Dies at 56

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Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Former ABC exec Stephanie Leifer, who spent nearly three decades at Disney TV in various capacities before departing in 2022, has died.

She was 56. During her long career at ABC, Leifer was part of some of the biggest and most critically-acclaimed shows in the network’s history.

Those include productions like “Lost,” “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Private Practice.” “Stephanie was a beloved member of the Disney Entertainment Television family for nearly three decades, and our hearts are broken by the devastating news of her passing,” the company said in a statement. “She was a highly admired executive, whose creative impact was only matched by the relationships she nurtured both within the company and across the industry.

Our sincerest condolences go out to her family, especially her husband and our colleague, Jonathan, and their two beautiful children, Amelia and Noah.” Leifer exited her role as executive vice president of current programming at ABC Signature in May 2022.

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