It’s official. Channing Dungey has been named Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group. She succeeds Peter Roth, who revealed on Friday that he was leaving the studio after 22 years. The move comes ten days after Deadline revealed Dungey had stepped down as VP original content and head of drama at Netflix after 20 months at the streamer to pursue another opportunity.
Channing Dungey has stepped down as VP original content and head of drama at Netflix after 20 months at the company to pursue another opportunity. Her last day is today (Oct. 9). While that opportunity has not been revealed, Dungey, the former ABC Entertainment president, is among the handful of top female TV executives rumored to succeed Susan Rovner as president of Warner Bros. TV.
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One month after announcing her departure from ABC, Channing Dungey is heading to Netflix, where she will oversee the streaming service’s original content. Dungey will become the platform’s co-vice president of originals, a title she will share with Cindy Holland. In this role, Dungey will make strategic decisions about Netflix’s in-house content. She also will oversee a portion of the service’s overall deals, including contracts with such high-profile producers as Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, the Obamas and Jenji Kohan, among others.
Channing Dungey is still at ABC, wrapping things up and working on the transition to her successor as ABC Entertainment president, Karey Burke, but speculation about what she would do next is growing. There is nothing official, and it is unclear whether Dungey has even met with the Netflix toppers yet, but she is considered a great choice to join the company’s executive ranks with her strong Hollywood relationships and the respect she has among her peers.
Channing Dungey’s time as president of ABC was short. But it was certainly memorable — both for moves she made and for shockwaves she and her network attempted to absorb. Her departure makes it a clean sweep across the broadcast networks: Each has lost a top-level executive this year. But Dungey’s story feels most illustrative of the challenges facing networks and their chiefs in an increasingly difficult landscape.
The news was not a surprise to those who know Dungey, who had been wrestling with the decision on whether to stay at ABC or move on when her contract ended early next year, three years after she was named ABC Entertainment president in February 2016.
Channing Dungey is stepping down as president of ABC Entertainment after less than three years on the job. Dungey, who became the first African-American programming chief for a major broadcast network when she was named to the job in February 2016, will be replaced by Karey Burke, head of programming development at ABC sibling cable channel Freeform since 2014.
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Channing Dungey, who took the reins of ABC Entertainment this week, has a few challenges ahead — primarily reversing the ratings slide of the network, which is ranked fourth in the key adults 18-49 demo. Her appointment is also a historic one, marking the first time an African-American has led programming at a major broadcast network. Here, Dungey and her boss Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC TV Group, discuss the reason for the change, their strategy for the future and what making history means to them.
In a major shake-up today, ABC Entertainment chief Paul Lee resigned from the Walt Disney Co.-owned broadcast television network, which quickly named Channing Dungey president, succeeding Lee in the role of head of programming. Dungey becomes the first black broadcast network president.