Channing Dungey, former ABC Entertainment president and most recently, VP of original content at Netflix, is leaving the streamer after less than two years in the post, reportedly for a new opportunity.
In a statement, Netflix vice president of global television, Bela Bejaria, called Dungey a “terrific executive who’s always carved her own path.” But where that path leads next is still in question.
While no details have been given about Dungey’s plans, speculation is rife that she is in contention for the post recently vacated by Susan Rovner, who officially split from Warner Bros. Television as its co-head to take on the newly created role of head of content for NBCUniversal’s television and streaming unit.
Dungey’s exit comes close on the heels of the departure of another top content executive from Netflix. Cindy Holland, who had been with the company since its early days and was part of the team that ushered in its move to original content, left her post as VP of original content in September, as part of the restructuring that saw Bajaria, who joined Netflix in 2016, upped to her current post.
Upon her hiring in December of 2018, Dungey reported to Holland and was tasked with setting a strategic direction for the originals slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers such as Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon and the Obamas’ prodco, Higher Ground Productions.
During her 15-year stint at ABC, she spent the last three of those years as president of the network, bringing American Idol to its roster. 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.
(With files from Frederick Blichert and Jillian Morgan)