ABC/Craig Sjodin

ABC/Craig Sjodin

TV executive Channing Dungey just made history when she was promoted from ABC’s executive vice president of drama to the president of entertainment at the network. Because of the move, Dungey will be the first Black person in charge of programming at a major broadcast network, reports Variety.

Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television, had nothing but praise for Dungey.

“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” he said.

Dungey has spent her entire career in Hollywood, starting as a development assistant at 20th Century Fox before working as a story editor with Steamroller Productions and a production executive at Warner Brothers. She is taking over the reins at ABC from recently ousted president Paul Lee.

“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity. And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend,”Dungey said. “I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”

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