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The first African-American top network manager coming out of ABC

Channing Dungey

In this photo from June 13, 2018, Channing Dungey appears in the Women In Film Competition Crystal and Lucy in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP, file

LOS ANGELES (AP) – president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, who created a deep bench of ethnic diversity in network programs and fired Roseanne Barr for racist tweets, will give way.

Her decision announced on Friday appears in corporate corporation ABC, Walt Disney Co., awaiting the acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the planned reorganization of Disney television units.

Dungey, who became the first Afro-American programming boss in a large broadcasting network when it was listed in February 2016, will be replaced by Karey Burke, head of program development in the ABC channel for siblings – Freeform from 2014.

Karey Burke

In this photo from April 25, 2013, Karey Burke arrives at the 17th Annual Prism Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Burke, program director of the Freeform network, will replace Channing Dungey as president of ABC Entertainment. Photo: Vince Bucci / Invision / AP, File

Dungey will remain in the transition period in which Burke takes over.

Director Burke includes overseeing the production of the NBC prime-time series, including "ER" and "The West Wing" in 1999-2003, during which he developed "Scrubs", "Freaks & Geeks" and other programs.

In a statement, Dungey said she could call the ABC home for many years, but she wants to deal with new, undefined challenges.

Under the Dungey rule, as both the president and her previous job as head of ABC's drama development, the network has become the home of Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and other multi-ethnic shows from African-American producer Shonny Rhimes.

But Rhimes, whose concerts are on the prime-time ABC on Thursday, as well as another well-known producer, Kenya Barris from the sitcom network "black-ish", both have jumped the ship into lucrative streaming offers.

Recently, Dungey relayed news of her quick action in a can of Barr with her lively namesake "Roseanne" after an actress-comedian published an offensive tweet about Obama's former adviser, Valerie Jarrett, who is an African American. Barr apologized, but the series, which was immediately successful in ABC, was reorganized without it and debuted in the autumn as "The Conners".

In October Disney announced that he plays Fox's director, Dana Walden, as chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

Burke will report to Walden after the acquisition of Fox, and Burck will be replaced by Freeform, as ABC informed.

In a statement, Disney's president, Bob Iger, praised Dungey for her "curiosity, passion and creativity" and predicted that he would succeed in what he would choose.

Burke, a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles, said she was honored to continue the legacy of Dungey & # 39; on the "perfect story that touches the hearts of many people." NVG


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