Channing Dungey Named Chairman Of Warner Bros Television Group
Channing Dungey, 51, will work for Ann Sarnoff, the first chairwoman and CEO of the giant media company, WarnerMedia announced on Monday. “This is a homecoming of sorts for Channing, who was a production executive at Warner Bros. early in her career, and we’re excited to have her rejoin the studio,” Sarnoff said in the statement.
With her appointment, Dungey became one of the few Black executives in charge of a Hollywood television studio.
Dungey leaves Netflix after nearly two years
At Netflix, Dungey was working as VP Original Content and head of drama and had spent around 20 months at the company. She left her role on October 9, Deadline revealed. At WB, she will now oversee the execution of various shows produced by the giant studio.
Before joining Netflix, Dungey was working as the President of ABC Entertainment. While at ABC, she became the first Black executive to run an entertainment division at a major network in 2016. However, she stepped down from ABC group in 2018 after overseeing hit shows like Shondaland’s Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, and Once Upon a Time.
On joining Warner Bros, Dungey said that she was “thrilled to be joining the company at such a pivotal time in its history.” She further said that she was looking forward to working with her new colleagues to “build on the incredible work” of her predecessor.
“This is such an electric time in our industry, and we have so much opportunity available to us between Warner Bros.’ core businesses and HBO Max, I cannot wait to dive in,” Dungey said.
At Netflix, Dungey was overseeing the execution of dramas like Octavia Spencer’s Self Made: Inspired By The Life of Madam CJ Walker, Hilary Swank’s Away, and brought the concept of two upcoming series from Shonda Rhimes, one being a romantic period drama Bridgerton, and another a drama inspired by the life of conwoman Anna Delvey. She was also involved in the acquisition of Darren Starr’s series Emily In Paris, which was released recently. Among other notable achievements, Dungey was also responsible for bringing Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Netflix, as well as Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions.
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