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Channing Dungey’s Career Journey from Assistant at Warner Bros. to Chairman of Warner Bros

Despite a few exceptions, senior leadership at the major motion picture studios looks much like it did two decades ago.

91% of studio heads are white. Senior executives, a level down, are 93% white, and 86% of unit heads are white.” according to UCLA’s 2019 Hollywood Diversity Report.

One exception is Channing Dungey who has enjoyed a long, successful career in Hollywood, trailblazing along the way. Her career began as a production assistant. Two decades later she has been tapped to succeed Peter Roth, as the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Television Studios.

Channing Dungey’s Career Milestones:

Early Career

- Development Assistant for Davis Entertainment

- Production Assistant at Warner Bros. where she moved up to Head of Drama for ABC Studios

Major Milestones

- She helped develop and supervise a number of commercially successful films including The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Heat (1995), The Matrix (1999), and The Devil's Advocate (1997)

- She became President of ABC Entertainment on February 17, 2016, replacing Paul Lee

- Oversaw the development of ABC shows including Scandal, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder, Nashville, Quantico, Army Wives and Once Upon A Time, as well as the second cancellation of Roseanne on May 29, 2018

- Vice President of Original Content, Netflix

Chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group

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In Conclusion,

Some see Channing Dungey’s new position as not simply a changing of executives, but an overhaul of priorities in the entertainment business. It is also a reflection of Dungey’s vast experience within the industry.