Culture

ABC Names New President, and It's Not Who You'd Expect

While those in politics will be duking it out over who will be our nation’s next president (a minority? a woman? a real estate comedian?), those in the entertainment industry have made headlines this week by making a groundbreaking promotion. ABC has named Channing Dungey entertainment president of the network. Why is this important? Because, according to Variety, “She’s the first African-American to head programming at a major broadcast network.”

Ms. Dungey has a long career in entertainment, and “is credited with developing many of the Alphabet’s successful dramas, including ‘Scandal,’ ‘Quantico,’ ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,’ ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ and ‘American Crime.’”

Known for attracting top talent to projects, Dungey will surely be on everyone’s radar as the bar for quality programming on ABC has been steadily on the rise. How refreshing that in this instance at least, the title of president will go to someone who is well-deserving (and who also happens to be an African-American woman), without an ugly, drawn-out battle.