ABC television names first African-American President
According to the Los Angeles Times, "In a major shake-up, ABC television network made history Wednesday by naming Channing Dungey as entertainment president.
She becomes the first African American head of a broadcast network.Clearing the way for the change, entertainment chief Paul Lee resigned. Lee was largely responsible for a creative renaissance at the network during his 5½-year tenure.
The move comes as Hollywood has been under increasing pressure to promote more women and people of color. A UCLA report last year on Hollywood diversity found that 96% of TV network and studio heads were white and 71% were men.Dungey has been an executive at ABC for more than a decade and was most recently the No. 2 creative executive at the network, owned by Walt Disney Co.
The moves were announced by Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks."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,” Sherwood said in a statement."
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