The network that provides its viewers with powerful female characters like Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating has just named a real-life female powerhouse as its president.
According to The Huffington Post, ABC Entertainment Group named Channing Dungey, a former executive vice president for ABC’s drama development, as its president on Wednesday, Feb. 17, making her the first black person to lead a major broadcast network. She will replace outgoing president Paul Lee, who had resigned after being at the forefront of the push for more diversity in the network’s programming since 2010.
Disney-ABC Television Group Chairman Ben Sherwood spoke on Dungey’s appointment in a statement, calling her a “gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers.”
In her previous position, Dungey helped to launch some of ABC’s most popular shows, including Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Nashville and Once Upon a Time, all shows that deliver strong female leads.
And now ABC has their own strong female leading the way. Congratulations, Channing Dungey!