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Channing Dungey Chairman of Warner Brothers TV

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BY October 20, 2020
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Channing Dungey spent 14 years at ABC before joining and departing Netflix rather quickly. Now the reason for her leaving Netflix so soon is clear. Channing Dungey is the new chairman of Warner Brothers TV.

Who is Channing Dungey?

Dungey is a TV executive who has a long history in high-profile jobs associated with high-profile shows. Before that, though, she started as a development assistant before she became a production associate at Warner Brothers. That’s where she helped develop movies like Heat and The Matrix. She then joined ABC as head of drama, where, among other things, she helped Shonda Rhimes build the Shondaland stranglehold on ABC Thursdays. (That includes shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and the Rhimes-produced How to Get Away with Murder.)  She capped off her 14-year tenure at ABC by rising to the very top, becoming president of ABC Entertainment.

However, she left the plum job a little over two years ago to join the Netflix team. She signed onto be Netflix’s vice president of original programming. At the streamer, she oversaw projects like the recently-canceled space drama Away and the upcoming Rhimes adaptation of the Bridgerton book series, which is somehow already Joshua’s favorite show.

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When she left Netflix on October 9, some people suspected she might be leaving for Warner Bros, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There had been rumors that WB wanted her after their former TV head, Susan Rovner, left to take over programming at NBCUniversal.

Channing Dungey New Chairman at Warner Bros TV Group

Well, it seems as if the rumors were true. Dungey is the new chairman of Warner Brothers Television Group. Her new boss will be WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff. Sarnoff said in a statement, “This is a homecoming of sorts for Channing, who was a production executive at Warner Bros early in her career, and we’re excited to have her rejoin the studio. Channing is one of the most talented, visionary, creative and respected executives working in television today.”

As the new TV head, Dungey will oversee a big division. This will include everything from mainstream broadcast dramas like Prodigal Son and Good Sweaters, which I’m being told is actually called Manifest. (???)  Warner Bros TV Group also contains the DC TV slate, in animated and live-action form. And they own a bunch of other TV shows, way too many to list. But it’s a wide variety, encompassing everything from Dolly Parton specials to Supernatural to the HBO Max Gossip Girl reboot. That won’t be available until next year, but at least we’ve got Bridgerton on Christmas Day. And I’m sure Dungey has some other exciting things to come.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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