Highly esteemed TV industry leader Channing Dungey was named Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, in October 2020, and started 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 and unscripted/alternative series for on-demand/streaming platforms, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the broadcast networks.
As Chairman, 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. As of January 2022, the scripted and unscripted divisions are producing more than 100 total series for streaming and cable partners, as well as the broadcast networks and local stations.
Current Warner Bros. Television scripted series include the Emmy®-winning global hit comedy Ted Lasso, Abbott Elementary, All American, All American: Homecoming, All Rise, Animal Kingdom, B Positive, Batwoman, Bob Abishola, Call Me Kat, Cherish the Day, Claws, The Cleaning Lady, David Makes Man, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, DC’s Stargirl, Doom Patrol, The Flash, The Flight Attendant, Gossip Girl, The Kings of Napa, Kung Fu, Legacies, Maid, Manifest, Naomi, Peacemaker, Pennyworth, Pivoting, Queen Sugar, Riverdale, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Shining Vale, Superman & Lois, Sweet Tooth, Titans, United States of Al, Westworld, You, Young Sheldon, and Roswell, New Mexico. Upcoming series include All American: Homecoming, Bad Monkey, The Girls on the Bus, Green Lantern, Night Court, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, The Sandman, Shrinking, and The Time Traveler’s Wife, among many others.
Warner Bros. Unscripted Television programs include global hit franchise The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, 911: Crisis Center, Below Deck Adventures, The Bradshaw Bunch, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Elizabeth Smart: Finding Justice, Extra, Fast Foodies, Family Game Fight, Finding Magic Mike, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, Home Sweet Home, The Jennifer Hudson Show, Judge Mathis, One Perfect Shot, Paris in Love, The People’s Court, The Real, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, The Real Housewives of New York City, Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip, Rhodes to the Top, Scooby-Doo Where Are You Now?, True Story with Ed and Randall, The Voice, The Wheel, Who Do You Think You Are?, and more.
Prior to Warner Bros., Dungey most recently 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.
Prior to that, she 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.
Dungey 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 experience 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, who graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, has been a visiting professor at the school and serves on the school’s Executive Board. She is a founding and current board member of Step Up, and a 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 and the West Coast Board of Directors for the Peabody Awards.