Channing Dungey Becomes 1st African American to Head Major Network

On the Move: Channing Dungey Becomes First African American to Head Major Broadcast Network

Channing Dungey
Channing Dungey

Following the exit of Paul Lee, ABC has named Channing Dungey entertainment president, making her the first African American to lead programming at a major broadcast network.

Dungey, who joined ABC in 2009, is responsible for helping to develop many of the network’s hit drama series’, including Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and American Crime.

“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,” said president of Disney/ABC Television Ben Sherwood. “We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future.”

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Dungey comes to the leadership position with years of experience in the entertainment space, having started her career as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. Following her work with Fox, she became a story editor at Steamroller Productions before joining Warner Bros. as a production executive, helping to develop films such as The Matrix, Bridges of Madison County, Heat and Practical Magic. In her most recent role at ABC, she served as executive vice president of drama.

“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity,” said Dungey. “And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. 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.”