Channing Dungey was named president, ABC Entertainment, in February 2016. In this role she has oversight of all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for the ABC Television Network.
Dungey has ushered in a wide variety of programming for the 2016-17 season, including the procedural drama Conviction, starring Hayley Atwell (Marvel’s Agent Carter); conspiracy thriller Designated Survivor, starring Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland; Still Star-Crossed, a period drama from Shondaland; family comedy Speechless, starring Minnie Driver; the live action/CGI hybrid comedy Imaginary Mary, starring Jenna Elfman; and limited series When We Rise, a powerful drama that chronicles the real-life struggles, setbacks and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.
Dungey previously was 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. Series she developed and launched include Scandal, Quantico, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Once Upon a Time and Secrets and Lies. Prior to that, she was senior vice president, drama development for ABC Entertainment Group.
Earlier, Dungey was vice president, drama development, ABC Studios. In that role she was responsible for the development and acquisition of drama programming for the studio. 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, adapted from the best-selling novel by Anne Rice, and Showtime, starring Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy and Rene Russo; and The Big Bounce, based on an Elmore Leonard novel.
In January 2003, Dungey partnered with Pamela Post, a producer formerly with Team Todd, and formed Dexterity Pictures. The production partnership was focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing television series. A TV pitch meeting Dungey took with an ABC executive resulted in an offer to join the drama team at ABC Studios, then known as Touchstone Television.
Dungey, who graduated magna cum laude from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, is a founding member of the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. She also teaches a graduate level course on Developing the Drama Pilot at UCLA TFT.