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Keli Lee      

Managing Director, International Content, Platforms and Talent at ABC Studios International, Disney ABC Television Group

Keli Lee has been named Managing Director, International Content, Platforms and Talent for ABC Studios International. Based in London, Ms. Lee leads the international division of ABC Studios, creating new opportunities for international co-productions, local original content, program formats and talent around the world

In Ms. Lee's former role as Executive Vice President of Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment Group; ABC Television Network and ABC Studios, a position she held for more than a decade, Ms. Lee oversaw all talent and casting for ABC including multiple award-winning series such as Modern Family, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, American Crime, and Quantico.

Under Ms. Lee's decade of leadership, ABC received a total of 30 Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Acting Categories including Viola Davis's historical Emmy Award in 2015 as the first African American actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, and also 60 Golden Globe Nominations and five Golden Globe Awards in the acting categories.

Ms. Lee has been a leading force in the arena of diversity and spearheaded ABCEG's efforts to bring greater inclusiveness to the screen, a strategy that led to domestic ratings success as well as expanded global viewership for the company.

Keli Lee's commitment to finding global talent also led her to conceptualize and create ABC Discovers, a series of landmark initiatives with a globally focused creative talent recruiting program that leverages technology to allow acting, writing and directing talent to submit their original content online. Winners of the program are offered training, mentorship, and capital in order to scale their skills. Past program participants include Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o of 12 Years A Slave, Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, Chadwick Boseman of Marvel's Black Panther and Jesse Williams of Grey's Anatomy.

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