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Paul Lee has been named President of ABC Entertainment Group, the network announced Friday.

Lee, who as president of ABC Family transformed the channel into a top 10 cable network in total viewers, had been expected to assume the role. He replaces Stephen McPherson, who resigned from the post Tuesday.

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In his new position, Lee will oversee the creative and business operations for ABC Studios, as well as development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for the network."Paul was hired six years ago because of his great creative instincts and his ability to identify an audience and develop programming that resonates with them, and those same strengths are why he was tapped for this new responsibility," Disney Co-Chair Anne Sweeney said in a statement. "Paul's success at ABC Family is as amazing as it is indisputable, and I'm looking forward to his continued success on ABC."

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"I'm proud of everything we achieved at ABC Family," Lee said. "I'm looking forward to working with another great team at ABC Entertainment Group to bring even more compelling stories to viewers."After his arrival at ABC Family in 2004, Lee launched signature, brand-defining series including

Kyle XY, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Greek, Huge and Pretty Little Liars.