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Channing Dungey joins Netflix as VP of original content

Global streaming site Netflix has named Channing Dungey to the newly created role of vice president of original content. Dungey (pictured) will report to Cindy Holland, also vice president of original content, ...
December 17, 2018

Global streaming site Netflix has named Channing Dungey to the newly created role of vice president of original content.

Dungey (pictured) will report to Cindy Holland, also vice president of original content, and work to set a strategic direction and oversee the originals slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers including Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon and the Obamas’ prodco, Higher Ground Productions.

Dungey joins Netflix after 15 years at the Disney-owned ABC Entertainment Group, where she spent the last three years as president and shepherded high-profile titles including the successful return of American Idol. She left ABC last month amid speculation about her future plans.

Before ABC, she collaborated with Pamela Post to form Dexterity Pictures, a production partnership focused on making studio and independent films, and developing television series. She also held positions at Material and Warner Bros.

“Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry,” said Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos in a statement. “She’s a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her. I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to Netflix.”

“We’re delighted to be adding Channing’s expertise, leadership and deep experience to Netflix, and I look forward to partnering with her as we continue to grow and evolve our global network,” added Holland. “I have been a fan of her character and approach from our early days as executives.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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