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.”