Channing Dungey was named executive vice president, Drama Development, movies & miniseries, ABC Entertainment Group, in July 2013. In this position she oversees the development and production of all drama pilots, movies & miniseries and the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment. Series Ms. Dungey has developed and launched include “Scandal,” “Revenge,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Nashville.” Prior to this, she was senior vice president, Drama Development, ABC Entertainment Group, since June 2009.
Previously Ms. Dungey was senior vice president, Drama Development, ABC Studios. In that role she was responsible for the development and acquisition of drama programming for the studio, known for the international hit franchises “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She oversaw a team of creative executives who identified, cultivated and developed drama programming for network broadcast and cable exhibition. Her slate of programming included the award-winning and critically-acclaimed ABC show “Private Practice,” CBS’s long-running drama “Criminal Minds,” the CW’s “Reaper” and Lifetime’s highest rated series, “Army Wives.”
Ms. Dungey began her career in entertainment as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, Steven Seagal’s Warner Bros-based company, where she worked on the development and production of films including “Under Siege” and “On Deadly Ground.” Following her successful stint at Steamroller, she was offered a job at the studio and served for five years as a Warner Bros. production executive. There she helped develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films, including “Bridges of Madison County,” “Heat,” “Twister,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “City of Angels,” “The Postman,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Rosewood,” “Space Jam” and “Practical Magic.”
Eager for new challenges, Ms. Dungey left the executive suite in the spring of 1998 to become senior vice president at Material, a film production company with a first look deal at Warner Bros., which was responsible for 2000’s “Red Planet,” starring Val Kilmer, as well as 2002’s remake of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine,” starring Guy Pearce. After being named president in 2001, she co-produced two films that were released in the spring of 2002: “Queen of the Damned,” adapted from the best-selling novel by Anne Rice, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah, and “Showtime,” starring Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy and Rene Russo. The third film Ms. Dungey co-produced, “The Big Bounce,” based on an Elmore Leonard novel, was directed by George Armitage and starred Owen Wilson and Morgan Freeman.
In January 2003, Ms. Dungey partnered with Pamela Post, a producer formerly with Team Todd, and formed Dexterity Pictures. The production partnership was focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing television series. In the summer of 2004, a TV pitch meeting Ms. Dungey took with an ABC executive resulted in an offer to join the drama team at ABC Studios, then known as Touchstone Television.
Ms. Dungey, who graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, is a founding member of the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit membership organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. She also teaches a graduate level course on Developing the Drama Pilot at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.
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