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Dungey named chairman at Warner Bros

Former Netflix executive Channing Dungey has been named chairman of Warner Bros Television Group, succeeding studio veteran Peter Roth, who announced his departure last week.

Channing Dungey

Dungey will start her tenure at the studio early next year, when Roth steps down, and will oversee the Warner Bros TV Group and its operating divisions. She will report to Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group.

Having left her role as VP of original series for Netflix after just under two years earlier this month, Dungey had been linked to a new post at Warner Bros following Susan Rovner’s departure to NBCUniversal.

Prior to joining Netflix, Dungey served as president of ABC Entertainment. In this role, she had oversight of all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late night.

“This is a homecoming of sorts for Channing, who was a production executive at Warner Bros early in her career, and we’re excited to have her rejoin the studio,” said Sarnoff.

“Channing is one of the most talented, visionary, creative and respected executives working in television today. She has impeccable taste, a breadth of experience covering all platforms and genres, incredible relationships across the creative community and a keen sense of what’s next and how best to get it to audiences.

“She’s a great choice to lead the Television Group as it continues to grow its production operations for HBO Max, while also maintaining its standing as the industry’s leading independent supplier of programming to all outlets.”

Added Dungey: “The Warner Bros Television Group is the recognised industry leader in content creation and a true destination for talent based on its ability to produce across all genres and for all outlets. This is such an electric time in our industry, and we have so much opportunity available to us between Warner Bros’ core businesses and HBO Max.”

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