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ABC Studios Elevates Dungey to Fill Wandell's Post

Channing Dungey

Channing Dungey has been upped to senior vice president of drama development for ABC Studios, replacing the departing Morgan Wandell.

The move, officially announced by the Disney-owned studio Wednesday night, has been expected for weeks. There had been buzz around Hollywood for weeks that Mr. Wandell was leaving his post to run producer Greg Berlanti's ABC Studios-based production company.

ABC Studios representatives denied for weeks that Mr. Wandell had taken the gig with Mr. Berlanti, saying he was still mulling his options. Those denials continued even after LA Weekly reported the news on the blog of one of its columnists, Nikki Finke.

Ms. Dungey has been involved in the development of many ABC Studios series, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds" and "Army Wives." The announcement of her promotion was made by ABC Studios President Mark Pedowitz.

"Channing understands how to encourage and nurture creative voices and visions," Mr. Pedowitz said. "The new role gives her the platform to have an even greater impact on our studio and on the television landscape."

As for Mr. Wandell, he now heads a company with several major series on ABC, including "Brothers & Sisters," "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money."