Paul Lee | Executive Producer | Pistol on FX
Paul Lee is the CEO of wiip. Lee serves as executive producer on the studio’s premium slate of shows including one of 2021’s biggest global hits Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet for HBO; critically acclaimed and Peabody Award-winner Dickinson, starring Hailee Steinfeld for Apple TV+; The White House Plumbers, starring Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux for HBO; Adam McKay’s The Uninhabitable Earth for HBO Max; Danny Boyle’s Pistol for FX; Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty for Amazon and Dummy, starring Anna Kendrick for Roku. The studio also produces Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry’s Toast of Tinseltown for the BBC.
Lee began his career as a BBC reporter in Belfast and then became a director of documentaries and dramas for the BBC in London. His Arena: Woody Guthrie documentary helped the BBC flagship win both BAFTA® and BANFF Awards. Lee was the founder and CEO of BBC America, a joint venture between the BBC and Discovery and the first non-U.S. TV brand to successfully launch in the States. During his tenure, Lee was responsible for hits including State of Play and The Office (British version).
In 2004, he joined The Walt Disney Company as President of ABC Family (now Freeform). Under his leadership, hits such as The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars made ABC Family the #1 millennial network in the U.S.
In 2010, Lee was appointed President of ABC Entertainment Group with oversight of the ABC Network and ABC Studios. In this position, he led ABC to become the #1 brand in American television and the #1 network in entertainment programming. Lee was responsible for numerous drama hits including Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and American Crime, and comedy hits such as The Goldbergs, Fresh Off the Boat and black-ish. Under his leadership, Kerry Washington became the first African American in 30 years to star in a drama for her role on Scandal and Viola Davis became the first African American to win a Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in How to Get Away with Murder.