ABC is about to crown a Black woman as their new entertainment president.
After a major power struggle between former entertainment president, Paul Lee, and a higher ranking executive, Disney-ABC Television group selected longtime development executive Channing Dungey as his successor, New York Times reports.
Group President, Ben Sherwood, said of the role change: “Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers. We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future.”
With ABC already thriving off of Lee’s How To Get Away With Murder legacy and other breakout series such as Black-Ish, we are looking forward to seeing how Dungey moves the diversity needle even further.
“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity,” Dungey said of the promotion. “I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”
In an age where behind the scenes diversity is so important, Dungey stepping into this role as a Black woman means more than ever.