Television executive Channing Dungey was named President of Entertainment at ABC. The role makes her the first African American woman to lead a major network.
“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 said in a statement.
“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming,” Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a recent statement.
In her previous role as former executive vice president for drama development, movies and miniseries at ABC, Dungey helped develop hit shows “Scandal” and “Once Upon a Time.”
“I thought that was wonderful news. Any time executive decisions can have a positive effect on diversity, that’s a good thing. And the more we have diverse decision makers across all TV and media platforms, the better we will be able to service the consumer,” Eglon Simons, president of National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, told TNJ Senior Editor Sergie Willoughby.
A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Dungey previously worked as a producer at Warner Bros.