Channing Dungey, 46, was appointed ABC’s new entertainment president on Tuesday, Feb. 17, becoming the first African-American to head programming at a major broadcast network.
ABC probably hopes this change in leadership will help the network’s ratings, which is currently lagging in four place among the four top broadcasting networks.
Dungey, has been with ABC since 2009 and was executive VP of drama development, and
movies. She also helped develop ABC hits Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Quantico and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Dungey replaces Paul Lee, who held the position for six years.
Dungey’s appointment was announced by Disney Media Networks co-chairman Ben Sherwood. “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,” he said in a statement. “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.”