Channing Nicole Dungey|
March 14, 1969
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Education||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television|
|Known for||President of ABC Entertainment Group (2016-present)|
Scott Power (m. 2003)
|Relatives||Merrin Dungey (sister)|
Channing Nicole Dungey (born March 14, 1969) is an American television executive and producer who in 2016 became the first black American president of ABC Entertainment Group. As such, she is also the first black American president of a major broadcast TV network.
Channing Nicole Dungey was born in Sacramento, California, to Don and Judith Dungey. The eldest of two daughters, Dungey's younger sister is actress Merrin Dungey. Dungey attended Rio Americano High School, where she was a cheerleader; later graduating in 1986. In 1991, Dungey graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Dungey began her career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment. She later joined Warner Bros. as a production executive, where she helped develop and supervise a number of commercially successful films including The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Heat (1995), The Matrix (1999), and The Devil's Advocate (1997). Dungey joined ABC Studios in the summer of 2004 and worked as head of drama. Dungey was hired as president on February 17, 2016, replacing Paul Lee. Dungey oversaw the development of ABC Studio shows such as Scandal, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder, Nashville, Quantico, Army Wives and Once Upon A Time, as well as the second cancellation of Roseanne on May 29, 2018. Dungey previously defended Roseanne over racially controversial jokes made on the show.  Dungey was ABC's entertainment president when a Blackish episode was cancelled. Dungey noted ABC executives disagreed with the creative direction of the episode, wherein showrunners featured a segment on NFL players kneeling during the American national anthem to protest police brutality and show support for black human rights.