Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment, the network announced Wednesday. Dungey, the first African-American woman to lead a major broadcast network, replaces Paul Lee, who stepped down from the position he's held since 2010.
Dungey was previously executive vice president of drama at ABC, during which time she was instrumental in developing Scandal, Quantico, How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime and Once Upon a Time.
"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, president of Disney/ABC Television, said in a statement. "We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future."
"I'm thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity," Dungey said. "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."