In a major shakeup at ABC Television Network this afternoon, history was made.  Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment Group, which makes her the first African American to sit at the head of a major broadcast network. She replaced President Paul Lee, who has been the President of ABC programming since 2010.

“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” – Ben Sherwood, Disney-ABC Television Group chairman

Prior to this new post, Dungey was an Executive Vice President in ABC’s drama department and helped launch many of the network’s most popular shows such as ‘Scandal,’ ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘Once Upon a Time,’ ‘Quantico,’ and ‘Nashville.’  Dungey is a UCLA graduate who got her start in entertainment working as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox, and went on to work as a story editor at Steamroller Productions, Steven Seagal’s Warner Bros.-based company, where she worked on the development of films including ‘Under Siege’ and ‘On Deadly Ground.’  She was offered a production executive position at Warmer Brothers in 1998, where she developed critically films such as ‘Bridges of Madison County,’ ‘Heat, Twister,’ ‘Devil’s Advocate,’ ‘City of Angels,’ and ‘Practical Magic.’   Dungey then became Senior Vice President at Material, a film production company with a first look deal at Warner Bros., and was named President in 2001.  In 2004, Dungey joined ABC Television as an executive, and has been climbing her way through the ranks ever since.

“I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity… 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.” – Channing Dungey, President of ABC Programming

Congratulations Channing Dungey! History has officially been made!