ABC’s VP of Comedy, Jamila Hunter, has officially been promoted to SVP and head of the network’s comedy department. Reporting to ABC’s new Entertainment President Channing Dungey, Hunter will manage ABC’s Comedy Department and will oversee the development and production of all comedy pilots for ABC Entertainment.
“As one of our industry’s most accomplished executives, Jamila has been instrumental in ABC’s comedy resurgence. She brings a unique perspective to this important role, and I’m thrilled to have her leading our efforts.” – Channing Dungey
“I’m honored to join Channing’s senior leadership team. Over the years our network has built a strong comedy brand featuring unique, culturally relevant shows. I’m excited by this new opportunity and looking forward to working with my talented colleagues at ABC as we continue this tradition.” – Jamila Hunter
Hunter started her career in the Movies and Miniseries department of NBC in 1997. She went on to serve as SVP of Alternative and Digital Programming at NBC Entertainment, VP of Comedy Development for 20th Century Fox Television, and VP of Development and Production at Bravo. In 2009, Hunter joined OWN as head of programming for a short stint, and then joined ABC as VP Comedy in 2011. Since then, she has been a key member of the team that developed and launched a string of successful new half-hour series. She has worked on such projects as the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat and The Real O’Neals. She also oversaw Tim Allen’s return to network television in Last Man Standing, which is now in its sixth season.