On Wednesday evening, NATPE presented its 17th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at a dinner in Miami. The winners (l-r): Marcos Santana, president of NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Global Studios; Courtney A. Kemp, television creator, producer and writer; Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president; actress Christine Baranski; and Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports and president, CNN Worldwide. The dinner benefits the NATPE Educational Foundation, with a portion going to the Broadcasters Federation of America.
The executive, now a year into her job as the network’s entertainment president, also discussed the benefits of having a mega-studio filled with talent, the strength of the Disney brand and her pitch for an Emmys host: “Baby Yoda!”
Christine Baranski, Karey Burke, Courtney A. Kemp, Marcos Santana and Jeff Zucker will be honored at an awards dinner gala during NATPE Miami 2020 on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to benefit the NATPE Educational Foundation.
The traditional TV landscape where NBC once ruled has been disrupted by the rise of prestige shows on premium cable and online streaming services. All the broadcast networks are scrambling to hold onto their diminishing audiences and cultural relevance. But the demand for the people who developed the arsenal of NBC’s high-quality hits of the 1990s — many of which have sustained their popularity thanks to online streaming — has remained.
From the outside, the road to the 2019 Oscars has been a wild ride from the short-lived “Popular Movie” Oscar category to the Kevin Hart hosting fiasco. ABC President of Entertainment Karey Burke, who took over for Channing Dungey in November, told journalists at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday that the drama was initially intimidating but she’s now looking forward to an exciting awards show.
Channing Dungey’s replacement is “interested in anything that Jimmy [Kimmel] wants to do beyond his show.”
Karey Burke made her TCA debut as ABC Entertainment President today. Following a surprise introduction by ABC latenight host Jimmy Kimmel, Burke shared her vision for the network, which she had wanted to work at since graduating college. That includes ramping up and better supporting programming that attracts female viewers, which has traditionally been ABC’s core demographic.
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.