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Channing Dungey Named President, ABC Entertainment; Paul Lee Steps Down

Paul Lee's Exit Comes on the Heels of ABC Ranking Fourth Among the Broadcast Networks in Adults 18-49

Channing Dungey has been named President, ABC Entertainment, succeeding Paul Lee, who has stepped down after inheriting the role in July 2010 while serving as president of ABC Family. Dungey, whose resume includes the development of “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Quantico,” “Army Wives” and “Once Upon A Time,” will now report directly to Ben Sherwood, President of the Disney / ABC Television Group.

Ms. Dungey, who becomes the first African American woman to hold this position, was Executive Vice President, Drama Development, Movies & Miniseries, ABC Entertainment Group. In this position she oversaw the development and production of all drama pilots, movies & miniseries and the launch of new series for ABC Entertainment.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I was never a big fan of Paul Lee, but he was definitely stabbed in the back!
    Alas, this probably means the excellent American Crime will not get a third Season.