Netflix Taps Channing Dungey
Netflix has tapped former ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as its new VP of original content. Regular Beat readers will recall last month when we reported on her departure from ABC, we speculated she might be going to Netflix as an executive. The 49-year-old is a 14-year veteran of ABC and was the network’s first Black division head. The shows that she helped bring to air include Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, both of which came to define an era for ABC. The 1991 UCLA graduate is the first Black executive to lead a broadcast network. She led the decision to cancel Roseanne earlier this year -- last season’s highest-rated TV show -- after Roseanne Barr’s racist comments on Twitter ignited a firestorm of criticism. Her hiring at Netflix antes up competition between Disney and Netflix -- Disney pledged to create a new entertainment service, called Disney+, aimed at making inroads into Netflix's lead in the direct-to-consumer streaming business. “I’m drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy [Holland, Netflix's VP of original content], with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content,” said Dungey, who also called Netflix “the unparalleled leader in streaming.” Dungy will help oversee content from former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, and others. More here.