The 2018-2019 television season is not even two months old and three of its five broadcast networks have now been modified.
Channing Dungey, chairman of entertainment for ABC, is the last head of the television channel to resign. She will be replaced by Karey Burke, Head of Development of Freeform's original programming.
Burke will oversee all development, programming, casting, marketing, business and scheduling operations for prime and late hours of ABC.
Once the Disney-Fox deal is concluded, Burke will report to Dana Walden, who is currently CEO and chairman of the Fox Television group, but who will become president of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment Studios after the finalization of fusion.
"I am incredibly proud of what the team and I have accomplished over the years and of all the meaningful and impactful programs we have developed," said Dungey, who will remain in a transition period, in a communicated. "This work has been the highlight of my career. Although I loved every moment and knew that I could call ABC at home for many years, I am excited about taking on new challenges. "
Disney President and CEO Bob Iger said, "I thank Channing for his significant contributions and continued dedication to ABC's success over the past 14 years. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and advise Channing; his curiosity, his passion and his creativity will allow him to succeed in the path of his choice. "
Iger said about Burke: "Over the last four years at Freeform, and throughout his career, Karey has proven to be a talented leader with solid experience in developing unique programs. Karey's attention, intimate knowledge of the public and commitment to quality will be a great asset to ABC's creative team. "
Burke said of his promotion, "I'm excited to join the wonderful ABC team and look forward to working with her to create a revolutionary and memorable television together. ABC is a beloved brand, and I have the honor to continue the legacy of Channing, which offers an excellent story that touches the hearts of so many people. "
Dungey has been supervising ABC Entertainment since February 2016 and has been part of the company since 2004, when she joined ABC Studios as Vice President of Theater Development. Under his direction and with the help of shows like American Idol, Roseanne and The Good Doctor, ABC went from fourth place among the 18 to 49 year olds to a tie to three for the second season last season.
While ABC was quickly canceling Roseanne, it was the first show. In May, after the racist tweet of star Roseanne Barr, Dungey told Adweek that, looking back on the debacle, we could have done otherwise. "
"I am always happy that we have created the show and gathered this group of people, because I hope [Barr-free spinoff] The Conners will continue this legacy in a new and different way," he said. she declared at the time.
Burke has worked at Freeform since October 2014, where she launched hits like Black-ish spinoff, Grown-ish and Siren. Previously, she worked for NBC in prime time television shows, supervising shows such as ER, The West Wing and Will & Grace.
In September, Robert Greenblatt announced that he was retiring from the presidency of NBC Entertainment; George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy were promoted to co-chairs of NBC Entertainment. and in October the former AMC chief, Charlie Collier, was called to direct Fox Broadcasting after the conclusion of the Disney-Fox agreement.