Black Woman Appointed President of ABC
When the dust had cleared from ABC Entertainment’s latest regime change, the network’s head of drama, Channing Dungey, was named the new president, the promotion making her the first African American to head a major broadcast network.
Disney co-chairman Ben Sherwood made the announcement.
"Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers, "Sherwood said .
“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity,” said Dungey, who is also the sister of Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress Merrin Dungey. “I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”
Dungey was instrumental in the development and success of hits such as Scandal,” Criminal Minds, How to Get Away With Murder, Quantico, and Once Upon A Time.
The 46-year-old Sacramento native and UCLA graduate began her successful career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, where she worked on the development and production of such films as “Under Siege” and “On Deadly Ground.” Following that, she joined Warner Bros. as a production executive, helping to develop films including “Bridges of Madison County,” “Heat,” “The Matrix” and “Practical Magic.”
“She's one of those good people that you always root for,” said the network executive. “She's the smartest person they've got.”