Channing Dungey
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Channing Dungey
Channing Dungey
BornChanning Nicole Dungey
(1969-03-14) March 14, 1969 (age 49)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
EducationUCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
  • Television executive
  • producer
Years active1991-present
Known forPresident of ABC Entertainment Group (2016-2018)
Scott Power (m. 2003)
RelativesMerrin 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.[1] She later departed from this position in 2018.[2]

Early life

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.[3] Dungey attended Rio Americano High School, where she was a cheerleader; later graduating in 1986.[4][5] In 1991, Dungey graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.[6]


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).[7] 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.[8] 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,[9] as well as the second cancellation of Roseanne on May 29, 2018. Dungey previously defended Roseanne over racially controversial jokes made on the show. [10] 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. [11]

On November 16, 2018, Dungey departed from her role as President of the ABC Entertainment Group.[2]Karey Burke, head of original programming for Disney's Freeform cable channel, took Dungey's position as head of ABC Entertainment.[2]

Personal life

Dungey has been married to Scott Power since 2003. In 2012, Dungey and her husband adopted a daughter, named Eden, and an adopted son named Ellis. [12][13]


  1. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (February 17, 2016). "ABC Names its First African American President". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 2016.
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  3. ^ "Sister, Sister". Television Academy. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ 1986 Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, California) Yearbook
  5. ^ The Sacramento Bee - She was a Rio Americano cheerleader in the 1980s. On Tuesday, she canceled 'Roseanne' - May 29, 2018
  6. ^ "Channing Dungey". UCLA School of TFT. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "ABC Executives". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Joe Otterson (17 February 2016). "Channing Dungey Replaces Paul Lee as Head of ABC Entertainment". TheWrap. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 17, 2016). "ABC Shakeup: Paul Lee Out As President, Channing Dungey To Succeed Him - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ John Kolblin (May 29, 2018). New York Times Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Emily Yahr (May 18, 2018). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Heavy.Com - Channing Dungey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know - May 29, 2018
  13. ^ Merrin Dungey (Nov 22, 2017). Missing or empty |title= (help)

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