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Channing Dungey, head of the ABC Entertainment Group, will become president of Warner Bros. Television Group, a Warner Bros. release said on Friday.
Dungey will succeed Bruce Rosenblum, who has announced his intention to retire from Warner Bros. in June next year, after he had been hired to run it after the departure of Barry Meyer, who will be succeeded as Warner Bros. chairman by Toby Emmerich.
Dungey, 44, is the first black head of a major television studio and the second female head of a television network, following Lorraine Bracco, who was head of entertainment at Showtime. She has been at ABC since 2013, after she became head of drama at the network, which previously had a small footprint in the drama business.
Under Dungey, the network developed the drama “How to Get Away With Murder,” which just won its second-straight best drama Emmy.
Warner Bros. has been the largest television producer for a long time, but has been losing some ground in the ratings of the past few years. Dungey may be able to help revive the company’s prestige by bringing in more talent and publicity to the studio, and her work at ABC was praised for being “small town and big-picture.”
“Every decision at ABC Entertainment is heavily influenced by the degree to which we have a shared vision and a drive to achieve creative excellence for our fans and partners,” Dungey said in a statement. “I know that will be a key element in my role at Warner Bros. Television Group.”
The Warner Bros. move will be announced in coming days, a person familiar with the situation said.