Ayo Davis has been named the Head of Talent and Casting for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios.  Davis will continue reporting to ABC Entertainment president, Channing Dungey, and executive vice president of ABC Studios, Patrick Moran, in her new role.

“Ayo has done an amazing job identifying and bringing new talent into the fold for both the studio and network.  Her keen eye and proven track record make her perfect for this position.” – Channing Dungey

“Ayo’s vision and leadership abilities have proven invaluable to ABC.” Patrick Moran, Executive Vice President of ABC Studios

In her first move as Head of Talent and Casting, Davis recruited former WME agent Jonathan Bluman to join the ABC Talent and Casting team as vice president. He will report directly to Ayo Davis.  Bluman has represented a variety of actors in television and film, including Mahershala Ali, Benjamin Bratt, Omar Epps, Cheryl Hines, Adrianne Palicki, Melissa Rauch and Maya Rudolph.

Davis, joined ABC Casting 13 years ago and oversaw numerous pilots for series such as Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.  She was promoted from VP to SVP Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment Group, in 2015 where she oversaw all scripted primetime casting for ABC, including his series such as Modern Family, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, American Crime, black-ish and Once Upon a Time.

Additionally, Davis shepherded the launch of the ABC Discovers Initiative, which includes several programs aimed at finding and nurturing up-and-coming talent from around the world.

This news is on the heels of both Kerry Washington and Viola Davis receiving overall studio deals with ABC Studios under the leadership of President Channing Dungey.  It looks as if ABC is paving the way for a new and more inclusive chapter of network television.

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