(AURN) -- Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney ABC Television Group, yesterday announced that Channing Dungey has been named president of ABC Entertainment, succeeding Paul Lee, who has decided to step down as president, ABC Entertainment Group. Ms. Dungey, who was instrumental in the development and success of such hits as "Scandal", "Criminal Minds", "How to Get Away with Murder", "Quantico", "Army Wives", and "Once Upon A Time", will now report directly to Mr. Sherwood.
In addition, Patrick Moran, executive vice president, ABC Studios, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations, and report directly to Mr. Sherwood. In making the announcement, Mr. Sherwood said:
"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. We thank Paul for his many accomplishments ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future."