Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment Group, the network announced Wednesday.
“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” Disney-ABC Television Group chairman Ben Sherwood said in a statement.
Dungey, previously an executive vice president responsible for ABC’s drama development, helped launch many of the network’s most popular shows, including “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Once Upon a Time” and “Nashville.”
Lee’s resignation and Dungey’s promotion reportedly came after a power struggle at the network. According to a New York Times report, Lee and Sherwood disagreed over programming strategy:
Mr. Lee and Mr. Sherwood have repeatedly clashed over control of ABC’s creative pipeline. Mr. Sherwood, whose background is in television news, wanted to be more involved in ABC’s affairs than Mr. Lee allowed. Mr. Sherwood also wanted ABC to focus more on CBS-style procedural crime series like “N.C.I.S.,” while Mr. Lee continued to back serialized dramas like “Scandal” and “American Crime.”