Channing Dungey

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Channing Dungey
Born Channing Nicole Dungey
(1969-03-14) March 14, 1969 (age 49)
Sacramento, California, U.S.[1]
Education UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
  • Television executive
  • producer
Years active 1991–present
Known for President of ABC Entertainment Group (2016–present)
Spouse(s) Scott Power (m. 2003)
Children 2
Relatives Merrin Dungey (sister)

Channing Nicole Dungey (born March 14, 1969)[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

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[citation needed] 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 in support of anti-police brutality and black human rights. [11]

Personal life[edit]

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. ^ a b Lacey Rose,Marisa Guthrie (February 22, 2016). "Inside the ABC Shakeup: New Chiefs Reveal Backstory, Hint at Future Plans". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (February 17, 2016). "ABC Names its First African American President". Shadow and Act. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sister, Sister". Television Academy. Retrieved February 17, 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 May 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ "ABC Executives". Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  8. ^ Joe Otterson (17 February 2016). "Channing Dungey Replaces Paul Lee as Head of ABC Entertainment". TheWrap. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ Nellie Andreeva (February 17, 2016). "ABC Shakeup: Paul Lee Out As President, Channing Dungey To Succeed Him - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved February 17, 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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