Netflix appoints Channing Dungey as VP original content

MUMBAI: Internet TV network Netflix has appointed Channing Dungey as VP original content. Joining in February 2019, she will report to VP original content Cindy Holland. Dungey joins from ABC Entertainment Group, where she spent the past three years as network president.

Currently Holland’s original series team manages programming, and in this newly created role, Dungey will partner with Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large and crucial portion of the slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers including Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, and Higher Ground Productions, among others.

“Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She’s a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her. I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

“We’re delighted to be adding Channing’s expertise, leadership and deep experience to Netflix, and I look forward to partnering with her as we continue to grow and evolve our global network. I have been a fan of her character and approach from our early days as executives” said Holland.

“I’m drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content. Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. I’m invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent,” said Dungey.

Dungey most recently served as ABC Entertainment president, overseeing all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC prime time and late-night.