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Channing Dungey


Channing DungeyChanning Dungey, who teaches the graduate-level course "Developing the Drama Pilot" at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, was named president of ABC Entertainment in February 2016.

Dungey most recently served as executive vice president, Drama Development, Movies & Miniseries, ABC Entertainment Group, where she oversaw the development and production of all drama pilots, movies and miniseries, and the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment. Serving in that role since 2013, she developed and launched dozens of series including Scandal, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies and Nashville. Prior to that, she was senior vice president, drama development for ABC Entertainment Group.

Previously, Dungey was senior vice president, drama development, ABC Studios. In that role she was responsible for the development and acquisition of drama programming. Her slate of programming included the award winning and critically acclaimed ABC show Private Practice, CBS’s long-running drama Criminal Minds, the CW’s Reaper and Lifetime’s highest-rated series, Army Wives. Dungey joined ABC Studios in the summer of 2004.

Dungey began her successful career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, where she worked on the development and production of films as Under Siege and On Deadly Ground. Following that, she joined Warner Bros. as a production executive, where she helped develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films, including Bridges of Madison County, Heat, The Matrix, Twister, Devil’s Advocate, City of Angels, Conspiracy Theory, Rosewood, Space Jam and Practical Magic.

In the spring of 1998 Dungey became senior vice president at Material, a film production company with a first look deal at Warner Bros., which was responsible for 2000's Red Planet as well as 2002's remake of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. After being named president in 2001, Dungey co-produced Queen of the Damned and Showtime, starring Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy and Rene Russo; and The Big Bounce, based on an Elmore Leonard novel.

Dungey is a founding member and current board member of Step Up, a national non-profit membership organization dedicated helping girls from under-resourced communities fulfill their potential. She graduated magna cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.