After weeks of rumors, former ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey has officially joined Netfilx.
At the streaming giant, she’ll oversee original content as a vice president with Cindy Holland, who is also VP of Originals.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dungey and Holland will set the strategy and oversee a “crucial portion” of Netflix’s content, including the output of deals with Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, Marti Noxon, and Barack and Michelle Obama. She will look over half of Holland’s current group of executives, who have worked on Netflix’s most successful series like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and The Crown.
Dungey reunites at Netflix with Rhimes and Barris, overseeing them again. Before the news was made official, it was rumored that Dungey could join Rhimes’ Shondaland or the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions. Now, she will oversee both companies, as well as many more, in this capacity. The first Black president at a major broadcast network, she oversaw the development of key shows such as Scandal, but near the end of her tenure, had the Roseanne debacle and lost Rhimes and Barris to Netflix. Despite reported efforts to get her to stay by incoming Disney TV chairwoman Dana Walden (a Fox Broadcasting important after the Disney/Fox deal), Dungey decided to leave.
“I’m drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content. Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. I’m invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent,” Dungey said.
“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. I have been a fan of her character and approach from our early days as executives,” said Holland.
Dungey will step into the post beginning in February.