Paul Lee, ABC’s entertainment president, has resigned. According to the New York Times, the decision comes after tensions between Lee and Ben Sherwood, chairman of Disney-ABC Television Group, came to a head. The two apparently disagreed on programming choices.
His successor is Channing Dungey, who becomes the first Black president of a major broadcast network. Ms. Dungey has been involved with shows like Scandal and American Crime and served as the network’s executive vice president for drama development, movies and mini-series. She is the sister of actress Merrin Dungey, known for her roles in The King of Queens, Alias, Summerland, and ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity,” Dungey said in a statement. “And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. 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.”
Congratulations to Ms. Dungey for being a history maker!