Disney-owned ABC Entertainment has appointed Karey Burke as president following Channing Dungey’s decision to step down from the role.
Burke (pictured, right) steps up from her current role as head of Disney-owned pay-TV channel Freeform’s original programming development. She will be responsible for all development, programming, casting, marketing, business affairs and scheduling operations for ABC prime-time and late-night.
She will report to Dana Walden, chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment, following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
Dungey (left) was named president in 2016 after 12 years with Disney. She was the first African American to lead a U.S. broadcast network.
Previously, she had been named EVP of programming and development at Freeform in 2014. She will stay on at ABC through the transition as Burke assumes her new role.
Burke’s replacement at Freeform will be announced at a later date.
“I’m grateful to Channing for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to the success of ABC over the past 14 years,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, in a statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and mentor Channing; her curiosity, passion and creativity will ensure she is successful in whatever path she chooses going forward.
“Over the past four years at Freeform, and throughout her career, Karey has proven herself a gifted leader with a strong track record of developing unique programming. Karey’s attention to, and intimate knowledge of, the audience, and a commitment to quality will be a great addition to the creative team at ABC.”
“I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years, and all the meaningful and impactful programming we’ve developed,” added Dungey. “This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges. The toughest thing about this choice is leaving all the immensely talented people I’ve grown to admire and care for; from Bob Iger, the best leader and mentor that anyone could have, to my peers and colleagues, to my talented team, whom I will miss enormously. But knowing that Karey is taking over, a person that I like and respect so deeply, makes passing the baton a lot easier.”