LOS ANGELES (AP) – Channing Dungey, a TV industry veteran, was named president of the Warner Bros. Television Group after an employment with ABC and Netflix, in which she directed hit series, including ‘Scandal’.
Dungey, who became ABC’s first African-American head of a network entertainment division in 2016, will succeed veteran Warner director Peter Roth when he resigns early next year, the company announced Monday.
After a 14-year ABC career, including as manager of series development, Dungey was hired by Netflix as vice president for original series in late 2018. She resigned earlier this month, sparking reports that she was destined for Warner Bros.
At ABC, Dungey was responsible for shows like ‘The Good Doctor’, the revival of ‘American Idol’ and the ‘Roseanne’ reboot with Roseanne Barr – with the sitcom being canceled in 2018 due to a racist tweet from Barr calling Dungey ‘disgusted’ called. “
During Dungey’s tenure at Netflix, she collaborated with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, among the prominent producers and actors lured to the streaming service with lucrative deals. Dungey oversaw projects such as “Away” with Hilary Swank and Octavia Spencer’s “Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam CJ Walker.”
The Warner Bros. Television Group is part of the parent company’s WarnerMedia group, which includes HBO and the recently launched streaming service HBO Max.
“This is such an exciting time in our industry, and we have so many opportunities available to us between Warner Bros.” core business and HBO Max, I can’t wait to dive in, ”Dungey said in a statement.
She joins Pearlena Igbokwe, head of NBC Universal’s television studios, as a rare black manager in charge of a TV studio.