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Dungey named ABC Entertainment head as Lee exits

ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee (pictured, left) has stepped down from the role after nearly six years, with Channing Dungey (right), executive VP of drama development, movies and miniseries, set to replace him.
February 17, 2016

ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee (pictured, left) has stepped down from the role after nearly six years, with Channing Dungey (right) set to replace him.

Dungey most recently served as executive VP of drama development, movies and miniseries, where she was charged with overseeing the development and production of all content in her division, as well as managing the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment. Her credits include such scripted series as Scandal, Criminal Minds and How to Get Away with Murder.

In the new position, she will report directly to Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

Having joined ABC Studios in 2004, Dungey previously served as VP of drama development, responsible for the development and acquisition of drama programming, and executive VP of drama development since 2009.

Dungey began her entertainment career as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She has also worked as a story editor at Steamroller Productions, a production executive at Warner Bros., and senior VP at production outfit Material.

“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,” said Sherwood. “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.”

Lee said in a statement: “Leading ABC has been a fantastic experience. I’m especially proud of the incredible team I built and the strategic, creative vision we established and successfully executed for both the network and studio.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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