Scott Igoe, the longtime music booker for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is leaving the late-night show to take a position at ABC, Billboard has learned.
The Los Angeles-based executive, whose last day at JKL is Friday, July 22, has been named vice president, alternative programming and specials at the network, overseeing talent bookings for such franchises as the American Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards. Igoe will also be tasked with finding new programming opportunities that extend beyond music.
Igoe spent 14 years at JKL, during which he orchestrated a series of adventurous performances for the likes of Coldplay, Jay Z and Depeche Mode that required major street closures in Hollywood. He also launched the popular MashUp Mondays series, which pairs two musical acts based on the synergy of their names.
Widely regarded as a real music fan with deep connections to the industry, music publicists are already bemoaning Igoe’s exit, though some have been assured that, since JKL airs on ABC, he will still be involved in some capacity. Says one rep: “He’s the most beloved music booker in the business and deserves to make the next big step.”
ABC would not comment on Igoe’s appointment.