Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment’s President of three years, will join Netflix.
Dungey stepped down last month from her position at ABC. She will join streaming giant Netflix in February as Vice President of original content. Dungey will work with Netflix's other VP of original content Cindy Holland on "setting strategic direction" for original content. That would include overseeing deals with longtime collaborators Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris who created hit shows for ABC.
Dungey is joining Netflix at a time when competition among online video streamers seems to be heating up, with some traditional broadcast players also expanding their own digital content. ABC’s parent company Disney is set to launch its own streaming platform Disney+ next year. Netflix announced last year of its plans to spend as much as $8 billion on content for 2018.
"Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She's a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said in a statement.