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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.



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