Walt Disney Co.’s ABC named Channing Dungey president of entertainment, the first black woman to lead a major broadcast network.
She succeeds Paul Lee, who stepped down amid steep viewer losses this season.
Dungey, who helped develop shows such as “Scandal” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” reports to Ben Sherwood, chairman of the Disney-ABC Television Group, the network said. She previously was executive vice president for drama development, movies and miniseries at ABC.
The lack of diversity in Hollywood has become a rallying cry for minority groups, especially after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in January nominated an all-white slate of actors for the Oscars for the second year in a row.