October 19, 2020
Unemployment didn’t last long for Channing Dungey. Just days after departing Netflix as VP of original series, Dungey Oct. 19 was named chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group. She will replace Peter Roth, who is stepping down in 2021.
Dungey had been at Netflix just two years after becoming the first black executive to head a broadcast network entertainment division at Disney-owned ABC Television. Warner Bros. Television is one of the largest producers of episodic programming.
WarnerMedia Studios and Network CEO Ann Sarnoff called Dungey’s hiring a homecoming.
“She was a production executive at Warner Bros. early in her career, and we’re excited to have her rejoin the studio,” Sarnoff said in a statement.
Dungey made headlines in 2018 when she called out Roseanne Barr for supposedly racist tweets, calling the comedienne’s comments “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Barr was fired from the successful reboot “Roseanne,” which was subsequently canceled and retooled as “The Conners.”
“Channing is one of the most talented, visionary, creative and respected executives working in television today,” Sarnoff said. “She’s a great choice to lead the television group as it continues to grow its production operations for HBO Max, while also maintaining its standing as the industry’s leading independent supplier of programming to all outlets.”