Skip to comments.Channing Dungey Joins Netflix As VP Original Content, Will Work With Shonda Rhimes, the Obamas (tr)
Posted on 12/17/2018 10:21:02 AM PST by EdnaMode
Following weeks of speculation, outgoing ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey is officially joining Netflix in a senior leadership role as Vice President of Original Content, reporting to Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. She is expected to start in February.
In this newly created role, Dungey will partner with Holland in setting strategy for Netflixs original series and will oversee a large and key portion of the slate, including some of the companys overall deals with such top writer-producers as Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, as well as Barack and Michelle Obamas Higher Ground Productions which has a deal there.
During her ABC tenure, Dungey worked closely with Rhimes and Barris who both came to Netflix after lengthy stints at ABC Studios. While at ABC Studios prior to that, Dungey also worked with Noxon
Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. Shes a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her. I couldnt be happier to welcome her to Netflix, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.
It was less than eight years ago that Netflix signaled an entrance into the original programming space with a mega deal for House of Cards. The companys original scripted series portfolio has grown exponentially since, to 100 or so home-grown shows. (Netflix does not provide broken down numbers but pegged all of its 2018 original series to 700, which includes co-productions, foreign-language series and acquisitions that are Netflix originals in some parts of the world.) That has led to an expansion of Netflixs series executive team. Hollands group is currently the largest group of content executives at Netflix, with Dungey set to assume half of the team. That includes the programming executives who have worked on such series as House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Narcos and The Crown.
Were delighted to be adding Channings expertise, leadership and deep experience to Netflix, and I look forward to partnering with her as we continue to grow and evolve our global network. I have been a fan of her character and approach from our early days as executives said Holland.
Netflix has been aggressive in building its original content empire. The company, which spent $8 billion $13 billion on original programming in 2018, has relied on debt financing to support the growth, with three new rounds in the past 14 months. Netflix has used its war chest also to poach top talent, including Ryan Murphy as well as Rhimes and Barris who will now reunite with Dungey.
Im drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom Im excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content, Dungey said. Given that ABC, the place Ive called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. Im invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent.
There had been speculation even before Dungey announced a month ago that she was stepping down from her post as ABC Entertainment president , that she might be going to Netflix, possibly working with Rhimes and the Obamas.
Over the past few weeks, the chatter about a Netflix move intensified, with observers calling her a great choice to join the Netflix executive ranks with her strong Hollywood relationships and the respect she has from her peers.
Dungey became the first black executive to run one of the Big Four networks entertainment divisions when she was named ABC Entertainment president in February 2016. She added promising new series such as The Good Doctor and Single Parents to the ABC schedule and shepherded the return of American Idol during her tenure. She also was credited as being a driving force behind the networks swift decision to cancel its top series, Roseanne, following star Roseanne Barrs racist tweet. ABC was the most social network on air under her leadership.
Prior to that, Dungey ran ABCs drama development, overseeing the development of such shows as Shondalands Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, and Once Upon a Time.
Dungey joined the networks drama development department in June 2009. Prior to that, she oversaw drama programming for ABC Studios, where her slate included Shondalands Private Practice for ABC, and CBSs long-running drama Criminal Minds, among others.
Dungeys career in entertainment has spanned both television and film. She partnered with Pamela Post, and formed Dexterity Pictures, a production partnership focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing TV series. She also served as president of Material, a film production company with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. Prior to that, she served for five years as a Warner Bros. production executive, helping to develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films.
LOL at Netflix
Great. Now Netflix is going to suck.
Can you say sinecure, boys and girls?
I knew you could!
Pity we already dumped Netflix...
Netflix adding more leftwing racists who despise America.
Their fate is now sealed.
Ask “Dick’s” on the wisdom of that strategy.
“....Will Work With Shonda Rhimes, the Obamas (tr).....” Dang! Some folks have all the luck. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! But, she’ll most likely love it. Simply love it.
Everything sucks and it is LOCKED IN.
You can’t get rid of CNN because the politically locked in cable contracts pay for it.
You can’t get rid of leftist teachers because of tenure and the lock on academia.
You can’t find a periodical because of leftist journalism schools and media giants.
I dropped Netflix and Hulu when they stepped into politics
Hulu is sending more and more frantic emails begging me to come back at half the original price
Nutflix already sucked. Since the day they hired Lyin Susan Rice and her sidekicks, the 0thugas.
A lot of places are starting their own Steaming service and will stop offering movies etc to Netflix very soon
So Netflix swerved hard left and is ingratiating itself in progressive liberal messaging and politics disguised as entertainment.
I predict their downfall and sale inside of 5 years.
Sounds like they have a title shortage at NetFlix
Yup. It’s very disappointing.
It already sucks.
I mean, I suppose if I want to watch movies from India it might not suck, but I’m not interested in movies from India.
Hulu has been sending email begging me to come back since I deleted them after their jump into liberal politics.
This appears to be how Netflix is surviving (so far) from the cancellations after they hired the obama's.
Obama does not appear to be spending a lot of time in the office, though...
Netflix’ subscriptions have peaked. They are primed to take a hit on their share price anyway. Absorbing long-tenured ABC execs will likely make the situation worse.
I think that Netflix is being used to launder bribe money to the obamas.
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