Channing Dungey, ABC President Who Cancelled Rosanne, Becomes Netflix’s VP
Recently it has been confirmed after rumors of her possible new position that the ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey is officially joining Netflix in a senior leadership role as Vice President of Original Content, and is stepping down from her position as ABC Network’s chief after 3 years of dedicated service. The new VP is expected to begin her role in February of 2019. In a statement issued by the Hollywood Reporter Dungey shared, “I’m drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking, and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there” She went on to say, “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.”
Back in 2016, Dungey made history after being named ABC Entertainment’s President, making her the first African American to lead programming at a major broadcast network. According to multiple sources close to Dungey, She is said to have been weighing whether to stay or go ahead of her contract’s early 2019 expiration and ultimately chose the latter.
Those same sources say there were efforts made by her current and future bosses to keep her. They also suggest she’ll be taking time to figure out what’s next, but what is next between the new VP and Netflix? In an article by CNN, in the newly created role, Dungey will work with Netflix’s other VP of original content Cindy Holland on “setting strategic direction” for the streamer’s original content including overseeing the deals with producers Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris, two showrunners who also landed at Netflix after creating hit shows on ABC.
It is also reported that Dungey will also be working with Higher Ground Productions, a production company of Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obamas announced in May that they will be working in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement, “”Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She’s a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her” However her most notable action by most while working at ABC may be the recent controversy with Roseanne Bar earlier this year in May amidst Roseanne’s racist controversy.
If you don’t know, earlier this year in May Roseanne Bar, the no longer star of the popular T.V show “Roseanne”, posted tweets about Valerie Jarett, an African American woman and Barack Obama’s previous senior advisor, regarded as one of his most influential aides. In her tweet Roseanne posted, “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” She later apologized for the tweet after receiving various input from fans and other celebrities about how it may have been inappropriate, but the damage was already done. ABC had announced the cancellation of the show and later adding in a statement by Ms. Dungey, “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Robert A. Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, ABC’s corporate parent, shared Ms. Dungey’s statement on his own Twitter account, adding: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”