Channing Dungey

Channing Dungey
Born Channing Nicole Dungey
(1969-03-14) March 14, 1969
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)
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

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

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. 1 2 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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