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Channing Dungey

Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Television Group

Highly esteemed entertainment industry leader Channing Dungey serves as Chairman and CEO of the Warner Bros. Television Group. She was tapped to run the TV Group in October 2020 and began her tenure at the Studio in January 2021. In this role, she has creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ unrivaled television production activities, including production of scripted, unscripted, and animated series for on-demand/streaming platforms, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the U.S. broadcast networks.

As Chairman and CEO, Dungey oversees Warner Bros. Television, the Studio’s flagship television production unit for live-action scripted programming, as well as Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, which produces unscripted and alternative programming through its three production units: Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures, and Shed Media. She also has oversight of animated programming produced through Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios, and Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. As of May 2023, the scripted, unscripted, and animated divisions are producing more than 100 total series, movies, and specials for streaming and cable partners, as well as the broadcast networks and local stations.

Current WBTV scripted series and movies include the Emmy®-winning global hit comedy Ted Lasso, Abbott Elementary, All American, All American: Homecoming, All Rise, Bob♥Abishola, The Cleaning Lady, Doom Patrol, The Flight Attendant, Manifest, Mrs. Davis, Night Court, Peacemaker, Pretty Little Liars: Summer School, Riverdale, The Sandman, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Shining Vale, Shrinking, Superman & Lois, Sweet Tooth, You, and Young Sheldon. Upcoming series include Bad Monkey, The Big Cigar, Dead Boy Detectives, Duster, Emperor of Ocean Park, Found, The Girls on the Bus, How to Be a Bookie, Just Cause, The Penguin, Presumed Innocent, Rescue: HI-Surf, Speed Racer, and Welcome to Derry, among many others.

Warner Bros. Unscripted Television programs include global hit franchise The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, and the upcoming The Golden Bachelor, Extra, The Jennifer Hudson Show, new game show Lotería Loca Paris in Love, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, The Voice and Who Do You Think You Are?. Additionally, the division produced 100 Years of Warner Bros., four documentary films exploring the legacy of the fabled studio as well as Superpowered: The DC Story, a docuseries on the history of DC.

Animated projects include Animaniacs, Batman: Caped Crusader, Batwheels, Craig of the Creek, Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, My Adventures with Superman, Teen Titans Go!, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, and Velma, to name just a few.

Prior to Warner Bros., Dungey served as Vice President of Original Series at Netflix. During that time, she played a part in bringing David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Netflix, as well as championing a number of new overall producing deals with talent, including Regina King, Mara Brock Akil, Bill Prady, Michael Green, and Gina Rodriguez. She shepherded such high-profile series as WBTV’s Self Made: Inspired By the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, starring Octavia Spencer; the Hilary Swank starrer Away; and two series from prolific producer Shonda Rhimes: the highly acclaimed hit romantic period drama Bridgerton, and Inventing Anna, an eagerly anticipated drama inspired by the life of real-life conwoman Anna Delvey. Dungey was also involved in the acquisition of Darren Star’s series Emily in Paris, which debuted in October 2020 and was quickly renewed for a second season.

Before that, Dungey served as president of ABC Entertainment, overseeing all development, programming, marketing, and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late-night. During her tenure, she shepherded a wide variety of successful programming, including the hit drama The Good Doctor and the successful return of American Idol. ABC was the most social network on air under her leadership, raising platforms for series such as black-ish, How to Get Away with Murder and The Goldbergs, and helping reinvigorate long-running series such as Grey’s Anatomy.

She joined the network’s drama development department in June 2009, during which time she developed and launched such hit series as Scandal, Quantico, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Crime and Once Upon a Time. Prior to that, she oversaw development and acquisition of drama programming for ABC Studios, where her slate included Shondaland’s Private Practice and CBS’s long-running drama Criminal Minds, among many others.

Dungey’s career in entertainment spans both television and film. She partnered with Pamela Post and formed Dexterity Pictures, a production partnership focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing television series. She also served as president of Material, a film production company with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. Prior to that, she served for five years as a Warner Bros. production executive, helping to develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films.

Dungey has received many nominations and awards in recognition of her career accomplishments, including being honored with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, presented by NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) during a special ceremony in June 2022. She was also recognized by Variety as one of its Power of Women: Los Angeles honorees in September 2021.

Dungey graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She has been a visiting professor at the school and serves on the school’s Executive Board. She is a founding board member of Step Up, and a former board member of Children’s Institute. Dungey is also a Los Angeles member of BAFTA and serves on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. And she is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors for The Paley Center for Media as well as the West Coast Board of Directors for the Peabody Awards.